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: Laurie A. Scherrer
- Previous/current occupation(s?): Bank VP, Sales & Managed 23 person Phone/Web Center
- Nation, & state if desired: Pennsylvania U.S.A.
- Age at tentative diagnosis: 55
- Year of diagnosis: 2013
- How long for definitive diagnosis: 9 months
- Type of dementia, if known: Young Onset Alzheimer’s & FTD
- Since diagnosis, what one or more action, success, or accomplishment do you take pride in? Writing Articles and preparing Sign Language for Dementia Videos for helping people in the early stages of dementia, Helping others with dementia through chats, Decorating our beautiful home, Gardening, Repairing/Painting & restoring rusty old things that would have been thrown out (i.e. Shed, wheelbarrow, Shepherd’s hook) – bringing them back to life makes me feel renewed.
- What do you wish your primary Physician knew about dementia? … about you? ….. . My Verbal Communication is poor – get with the times and offer email options. Dealing with your office people on the phone is difficult.
- What do you wish your specialist Physician knew about dementia? … about you? …….. I know what is happening to me – I feel the changes. I know when I’m “different” – I just can’t control it. I’m scared and I want straight answers – if you don’t know, tell me or better yet find out. My Verbal Communication is poor – get with the times and offer email options. Dealing with your office people on the phone is difficult.
- What do you wish your family knew about dementia & about you? More about how to handle what is to come, take advantage of the information available now so we can make plans and lessen their burden/stress later.
Laurie writes her blog at
She is member of both Dementia Alliance International and Dementia Mentors.
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