Help needed for Masters Student!

Ruby Allen – Masters Student at Loughborough recently contacted me via my blog to ask if I’d help her with a project she was undertaking regarding  educating designers to understand the  issues people with dementia and their carers had in everyday life. I happily spoke to her this morning but was so shocked to find out how hard she was finding it to recruit willing volunteers!!

We must encourage any students wanting to help people with dementia, so if you can  spare a few minutes to contact Ruby, that would be brill – her message and email address are  below:

“Participants Required!
I am a Masters student at Loughborough University, looking for people living with dementia to be involved in my project.

I am trying to understand the range of symptoms that people living with different types of dementia experience, to enable me to find a way to educate designers to understand these – and create better design that provides for this user group!

If you could help me, by agreeing to be interviewed about your experiences (for around 45 minutes), via Skype, or in person – if you are nearby – then please do not hesitate to get in contact. I can give you more information about the project before you agree to participate – and answer any questions you may have first! My email address is:

r.allen-09@student.lboro.ac.uk

I look forward to hearing from anyone who may be willing to help a keen student out!

Please note that I will need to hear from people who may be able to participate no later than the 28th of June 2015.
Thanks,

Ruby”

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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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