Q and A: Diana Carmichael

Life after a diagnosis

Diana Carmichael in Flintshire, north Wales, aged 80 with Alzheimer’s disease, answers our questions for Living with dementia magazine.

Diana Carmichael

What’s changed most since your diagnosis?

I am now more aware of the problems that other people face and I feel able to help them adjust to their situations. I try to lift them, to let them see how they can come out of it.

What would you take to your desert island?

A photo of the family, plus a contact in the form of a mobile phone! Also, a necklace that one of my granddaughters made for me, from pieces of wood.

How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you?

Because of the volunteers, activities and staff, I can help other people to have a more positive attitude to their lives.

What song or tune sums up your life so far?

My mum’s hymn from when I was little – O gentle presence, peace, joy and power.

What single thing would improve your quality of life?

My quality of life is always good now, I wake up happy and I go to bed happy!

What is your most treasured possession?

My husband Clive and our precious family. We have five children and 10 grandchildren, and we’re always there for each other.

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