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Living with dementia brings significant challenges, including memory loss, stigma and loneliness. There are currently 34,000 Western Australians diagnosed with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, this number is projected to increase rapidly to almost 150,000 by 2056. There is currently no cure.

At Alzheimer’s WA our vision is of a world where people with dementia and their families are supported and valued on their dementia journey. We are at the forefront of dementia care services, support, education and training programs.

With your help, we are determined to continue to make a difference by providing the best care and support possible for everyone who needs us across Western Australia.

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Diann Bates
My Story

Alzheimer's WA Advocate Diann Bates in front of her beloved car

Making a difference day to day

Three years ago, at the age of 47, Diann Bates was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s. Before her diagnosis Diann ran her own marketing business, however she had to sell the business last year. Things as simple as cooking a favourite meal and watering plants are now a daily challenge for Diann.

“Alzheimer’s affects my day to day life in a myriad of ways.”

“Because of my creative background I’ve been able to create workarounds to make my life easier.”

Diann shares her “tips and tricks for survival” with other people diagnosed with dementia through Alzheimer’s WA’s Advocates Program. As part of the Program, Diann regularly speaks at events on behalf of Alzheimer’s WA.

“If I can give back in any way, shape or form, or help somebody in their life… why wouldn’t you?”

Selling her business meant Diann lost a large part of her social network. For the last year she has been attending a fortnightly ‘Friday Ladies Group’. Diann is proud of the fact she can still drive, as most of the ladies who attend the ladies group are driven by a carer.

“It’s always a lovely day out with the girls. But it’s also sad sometimes when you see people continue to deteriorate.”

Although still in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Diann recognises how hard it can be for those who are further progressed, their families and carers.

“Carers need someone like Alzheimer’s WA to provide support mechanisms. Alzheimer’s WA has touched base regularly with my partner, Greg, but at this stage I’m still capable.”

“I try not to think about where that’s going. I live positively and make the most of what I can do now.”

Those living with dementia will never stand alone because of the vision and generosity of those who make donations. Please dig deep and help us make a difference to Western Australians living with dementia.

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