Stories of Me Dementia Forum
Advocate, author and international speaker, Kate Swaffer, encouraged everyone to ‘see the person, not the dementia’ as she shared her stories of dementia from the inside out at our 2016 Dementia Forum, held in Sydney in September.
An expert of the lived experience, Kate captivated 200 delegates as she discussed her diagnosis of younger onset dementia at the age of 49 and her ensuing commitment to raising awareness of the human cost of dementia, as well as breaking down the stigma and myths to improve the care and quality of life for people living with dementia and their families.
“We are mothers, fathers, lovers, daughters, wives or husbands, employees or employers, friends, grandmothers, aunties,” she said. “It is a tragedy that so many only see our deficits.”
BaptistCare volunteer, carer and dementia advocate, Alan Gravolin, also shared his personal story of his wife Lyn’s life as an artist over the past 20 years and their experience with the onset of dementia.