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
- Label: Garry George Wilkes
- Previous/current occupation: Composer, Lyricist
- Nation & state: USA – Oregon
- Age at tentative diagnosis: 52
- Year of diagnosis: 2006
- How long for definitive diagnosis: 9yrs (still not 100% certain but getting closer)
- Type of dementia: Long-term untreated major depression
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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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