I can’t wait to meet Kate Swaffer to personally thank her for helping us to see that a diagnosis of dementia is a new beginning rather than the end.
If people would proactively and positively support us to do so, and stop telling us all to go home and prepare to die, via aged care, living with dementia can be far more positive than I ever expected. I was interviewed in Singapore last year when support the Singapore Alzheimer’s Disease Association in an article in the Straits Times which you can read in full here. There are a few very minor errors in content, and having my age of diagnosis noted differently in two places, but overall, it is a really positive, respectful and well written piece. A pleasant change to work with a journalist who wants to write the truth, with no have hidden agendas.