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      AGNES HOUSTON

 

 

 

 

Agnes Houston was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. She was the practice manager of a chiropractic practice until her diagnosis. Since her diagnosis, she has begun to develop her creative side, attending an art group, and she keeps fit at the gym and practises meditation.

As vice chair of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, Agnes campaigns on many issues including better dementia training for nurses and raising awareness of visual difficulties commonly experienced by people with dementia. She has spoken at a number of conferences and training events in the UK and at the Alzheimer Europe conferences in Oslo (2008) and Vienna (2012). She has had articles published in journals and newspapers, given radio interviews and appeared in several training DVDs.

 

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       ANDREW PASCOE

 

 

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” On the 11th November 1993 at 11am my life changed drastically, my age 43, as I had a severe stroke. The pressure of work completely disappeared and day to day I was to teach myself to walk, talk and get used to the way my body was to be used, as the total right side of my body was paralysed and still is. Over the last 20 years I have had a great time, thanks to a number of people who have helped me, and myself the ability to operate computers, my DLSR camera has to be operated with tripod, as all cameras need a right hand to operate the shutter etc think about it!”

“Over several years I have done charity walks, my first from the Source, in Oxfordshire, of the River Thames to the Tower Bridge, in London. As I now live in the Highlands of Scotland, am 63 yrs, I help people of same age talking in the community centre, and shortly teaching the game of Carpet Bowls, and I am not bad as a player of outside bowling at our next village.”

 

 

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      DAVID MASON

 

 

 

I live in Helmsdale and  I am 58 years old I  was informed by Bethany Jones the neurologist at Raigmore Hospital Inverness on 9 January 2012 that I have dementia. It was really not a surprise to myself or my wife as I was having   trouble for quite a while driving the car and we both suspected what the diagnosis would be before we went to the clinic, but I suppose it was still a shock.

I was told by my neurologist that I probably had dementia for 3 to 4 years before it was diagnosed on 9 January 2012.I have decided to keep a diary which I hope will be of of some use to fellow dementia sufferers, medical staff and carers, at this point, I still don’t know what type of dementia I have but I am hoping that Dr Jones will tell me in the next month or so.I keep myself mentally active by doing the community website for Helmsdale and enjoy going out with my wife and taking images around the village for the site we both enjoy meeting with friends and going out for a meal with them. 

 

 

 

 

 

      LARRY GARDINER

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I have a dementia diagnosis and I’m just doing my best to fill my life with good things. I want to prolong my functioning as much as I can. I want to delay the progression of symptoms as long as I can. I have a sort of urgency that drives me to try and get things done before I lose the ability to do things. I still drive. I try to learn new languages. I travel when I can so that I get a chance to practice. I’m also a student at Ruskin College in Oxford on a degree programme called Writing for Performance.

As an advocate I am trying to build a dementia working group in England. I get some help from Guideposts Trust and I work very closely with Young Dementia UK http://www.youngdementiauk.org/index.htm. Recently I have been working with the board and with senior managers at Alzheimer’s Society to promote involvement and engagement. This work has just begun and it will take some time before results can be expected.

For the last year I have been supporting a small start-up community interest company called Dementia Adventure http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/ and we provide adventure and challenge holidays, outdoor activities and opportunities for people with dementia to get out and enjoy nature.

 

 

 

 

   IAN GRAY

 

 

 

 

My name is Ian Gray and I live in beautiful Scalloway on the west side of Shetland where I was the head teacher at Scalloway junior high school until I retired in 1994. I was a stalwart of the Scalloway and Shetland football teams and played against teams from all over Shetland, Scotland and the Faroe Isles during my career; I am also an experienced bridge player and still enjoy regular games. In 2010 I was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimers and I’m doing really well two years on. Here is a picture of me with my wife Marina. On 26th December we are looking forward to a big family trip to Cape Town with my son and daughter, Brian and Karen, my daughter and son in law, Paula and Donald and our four grandchildren, Paul, Vaila, Euan and Lewis. We are going to send a blog of the trip for the website.

 

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NANCY McADAM

 

 

 

Like her close friend Agnes Houston, Nancy McAdam is a prominent member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group.  She lives in the beautiful countryside  on the Black Isle in Ross and Cromarty.  Nancy doesn’t have a computer, but wanted to be a part of the Dementia Voice community, and will be sending us her news and views in the post for now. Welcome aboard Nancy!

 

 

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