Busy Week – Dementia Challenge 2015

I’ve ended up with a bit of a mad week this week…….I’m sure it wasn’t like that when I planned it but hey ho……

Tomorrow I’m in London as I’ve been asked to be on a discussion panel at Dementia Challenge 2015 – Defeating the Disease, at the Mermaid Conference Centre by the Thames – very excited. More can be found at:


My fellow panelists are:

Sarah Reed – Communications specialist; Madaleine Cooper-Ueki – Lead for ‘Circles of Support for People with dementia’ and Sarah Wilcox – CEO National Development Team for Inclusion.

Our brief is to discuss the Patients perspective – think I’ll have lots to say……….

There’s lots of eminent speakers so it should be a really good day.

I’ve found some new best friends to take with me  – ear plugs! I prefer ro walk everywhere in London, mainly to avoid the tubes but also because you see so much more but London streets are so noisy. Traffic seems twice as noisy. However, I think the usual ear plugs that mould to the shape of your ear would be dangerous and block out too much noise but I found the ones below that simply dull the sound and take the edge of the intense noise that is so disorientating. They’ve had lots of road testing in York – I live on a main road so always lots of sirens etc – and they’ve proved to be a very good find…….and they’re quite cute looking too:)

My latest best friends......
My latest best friends……

Really hope the end of my week isn’t ruined by the train strike as the end of the week is the fun bit…………….if it went ahead it would seriously impact on the Alzheimers Show at Olympia and mean I can’t go visit friends for the weekend after the event on Friday – would be very sad…..


About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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