By sharing our experiences and our stories we help to reduce dementia-related stigma, and we help to inform and empower others.
Val continues to lead a local carers support group and is greatly valued for her empathy, willingness to help, and expert knowledge of the aged care system.
I encourage others living with dementia, or caring for someone with dementia to consider becoming an advocate and undertake Dementia Advocate Training through Dementia Australia.
Pets as therapy and assistance animals for people living with dementia.
Read George’s story about his symptoms and diagnosis of Parkinson’s dementia, and how he’s managed to move forward despite a major set-back and time in hospital
Dennis Frost felt relieved when he finally received his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.
I care for my parents-in-law who live with us. This is a very important duty as my husband’s...
Bill describes how the simple act of saying ‘hello’ helped his confidence to socially reconnect after a diagnosis of young onset dementia.
Everything I found challenging I looked at and found a way to work around it
So often our pets help us to cope better, they are great company, their love is unconditional, and they have a sense of when to be relaxed!
It was important to talk to her friends and acquaintances, explain the changes in behaviour, and ask them to continue to be her friends.
Cheryl found it hard to hear anything after the diagnosis, so her advice is to ask your doctor for written information. That way you can look at it and digest it after you get over the shock.
There is help out there, but you have to ask.
Living alone doesn’t equate to being lonely! Michael is optimistic and hopes his ideas and experiences will help others.
The dementia diagnosis was a shock to them both. Maeve and Kerrie talked at length about their future and the best way forward.
Phil’s optimistic manner and persistent effort to remain independent have helped him lead a busy, positive life.
It was a tough decision, but Phil felt he couldn’t put other people at risk by continuing to drive.
Rosa was pleased that despite Arnaldo’s dementia diagnosis, they were still able to go on their trip.
Although it was not easy, I’m grateful I had that time with my Mum when she probably needed me most.
The last few years have been difficult, but every day I give thanks for my children and their help
Betty reclaimed control over her future with family understanding and support services.
I remember feeling like our lives had ended.
It’s important to keep going with your own personal interests and skills. It helps you to stay confident.
I can’t say it was easy to stop driving, but it was my decision.
No one thought to consider how Carol was feeling or about how her life would be changed by the diagnosis.
Tips from an experienced carer on reducing anxiety and confrontation.