Meet Stephen Hill, Chair of our Board of Trustees at Alzheimer’s Society.
Why dementia, why the Society?
Several family members have had dementia, including my grandmother and more recently my late father.
It seems to me that dementia still lives in the shadows and although much progress has been made, it is still an ‘underdog’ when set against, say, cancer.
How to fill an unexpected day off?
My triathlon coach would like me to get out and do extra training, but I’d be tempted to settle in and watch Netflix, especially on a winter’s day!
The best part of being a leader of an organisation is when you see people flourish and go on to do great things and know that you played some small part in that.
I’ve been fortunate enough to see that on several occasions and it is a powerful motivator.
Worst advice you’ve been given?
One of my tutors at university (a long, long time ago) advised me to give up his subject and called me a moron, which I thought was pretty harsh. Fortunately, I ignored him and ended up doing OK!
Biggest priority for coming months?
Definitely helping and encouraging the senior leadership team to develop the Society’s strategy.
The current health crisis has shown that we are all going to have to work in different ways and has highlighted real problems with social care – the Society’s role has never been more important. Our strategy needs to answer how best to deliver what is really needed.
Most important thing learned from a person with dementia?
Many things, but perhaps among the most important is how reaching out to people (they won’t always ask for help) and letting them know they are not alone is incredibly comforting.
Many people can, perhaps with our help, continue to live independently for years in their own home. Knowing this can ease their fear of losing control.
Most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to getting back, probably gradually, to a normal life, and getting vaccinated. I miss not being able to travel to see my family, and more selfishly, I miss not being able to get out and race my triathlons!
We need your help
We can’t keep our phone lines open or manage the increase in demand for our services without urgent financial support. Please donate today – with your help, we can show people living with dementia that they aren’t alone.