Amy Shives is one of the eight founding members of Dementia Alliance International, and one of the first people with a diagnosis of dementia to speak at an Alzheimers Society conference. In 2015, she gave an important presentation on her diagnosis, and on stigma. As Dementia Awareness Month 2020 is coming to a close soon, we have decided to highlight two of our founding members, starting with Amy.
Amy says she hopes to dispel some of the myths of this disease; she has dementia, of the Alzheimer’s type – A-typical, and she says she has never been typical in her whole life, so she is comfortable with this diagnosis! It seems most people with dementia are not typical, as everyone experiences it differently. She also asks not to be labelled as a sufferer.
You will not be sorry you watched this brilliant and extremely entertaining short presentation.
Thank you Amy, for being a founding member of DAI.
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