Richard always began his videos and presentations with: “Hello. My name is Richard, and I have dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type.” Hello is such a simple word, but it in some ways it epitomised Richard, as his focus was on our continued humanity, and not on our deficits; everyone deserves a hello.
Richard was inspirational, and his influence on not only his family and close friends, but also on a vast number of people living with a diagnosis of dementia of this or that type, and those that care for us, paid and unpaid, around the world, was truly significant.
He was a founding member of DAI, and had the dream for this group for longer than anyone else that I know of. Together, with him, DAI was created; an advocacy and support group, of, by and for, people with dementia.
As current chair, and also a co-founder, I can only hope we will continue to honour him appropriately through this group. It is a terrible loss, for each and everyone of us as individuals, but also for the world.
Our deepest sympathy to his family and close friends is expressed here, and we hope they know how much he was loved and will continue to positively influence the dementia community.
Editor: Kate Swaffer