DSS- Garry George Wilkes

Dementia Success Stories:
“How we made a difference for self and those around us AFTER diagnosis”
A dementia brain-storming project by participants of PWD Perspective newsletter

  1. Label: Garry George Wilkes
  2. Previous/current occupation: Composer, Lyricist
  3. Nation & state: USA – Oregon
  4. Age at tentative diagnosis: 52
  5. Year of diagnosis: 2006
  6. How long for definitive diagnosis: 9yrs (still not 100% certain but getting closer)
  7. Type of dementia: Long-term untreated major depression
  8. Since diagnosis, what one or more action, success, or accomplishment do you take pride in? A) I’ve gotten closer to family and friends. Especially my two grown children. B) I am composing serious major musical works: a) Beauty and the Beast – the ballet is my greatest musical work. It is being orchestrated for full orchestra; b) a new major musical.
  9. What do you wish your primary Physician knew about dementia? … about you? How to avoid a misguided diagnosis. Refer to specialist, though they have been hard to find these last 9 yrs.
  10. What do you wish your specialist Physician knew about dementia? … about you? He an M.D. And he doesn’t know the wonderful dementia drug Namenda is any good. He says, “It doesn’t work”. (He is dead wrong)
  11. What do you wish your family knew about dementia? … about you? That I am challenged by a brain disorder that causes small strokes, makes me lose my grooming habits, and robs me of a normal memory. Memory is a precious gift.

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