Dementia is still seen as an old person’s condition and certainly not one that affects a man in his fifties who looks physically fit and healthy. There are all sorts of prejudices around living with dementia. People might think you’re a fraud if you are trying to claim benefits, or if you’re not working.
Living well with dementia
Since my diagnosis, cycling has become a passion of mine. I cycle most days and have done a number of cycle rides for charity. I’ve spoken at dementia events, taken part in podcasts and have even written a book which focuses on how I live in the present.
I’m hoping that by sharing my story, I’m helping to change perceptions of what life is like with dementia – I’m definitely ‘living with dementia’, not ‘suffering’ from it.