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Meet Mabel Cheng

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Mabel’s mother developed vascular dementia after a significant stroke, and a couple of years later her father developed Alzheimer’s disease. Both of her parents passed away within several months of each other. She describes the final years with them as being like, “life is on hold…that you can’t really go on holiday or too far […]

Meet Michael Shirley

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Michael’s Motivation to Find a Cure for His Wife’s Dementia Michael Shirley, once a children’s book publisher and owner of several childcare centres, retired early to care for his wife Bronwyn.  After she was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, he recalls the money and hours he spent buying and reading American medical texts on […]

Meet Dennis Frost

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Dennis Frost recalls feeling happy when he received his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia six years ago, aged 59 years. “I finally had an explanation for things that were occurring” he says.   He adds that his son’s reaction was one of concern; to him his father had just been given a terminal illness.  Dennis says “the […]

Imelda Gilmore is a member of the StepUp for Dementia Research Public Involvement Panel

Meet Imelda Gilmore

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Imelda is an active dementia advocate, who speaks often – in the media, at conferences and universities – about caring for a loved one living with dementia. She also volunteers in two aged care facilities and runs a support group for people and their families living with younger-onset dementia – dementia diagnosed in people under […]

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