Work after a diagnosis of dementia
Martin Robertson has a rare type of dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy. He has written this booklet to be helpful to those with dementia, and to show them that there can be meaningful work, paid or unpaid, after a diagnosis.
The booklet provides information on reasonable adjustments, benefits, and advice for those who are thinking about or have given up work, due to a diagnosis.
Martin says, 'I hope that this pamphlet encourages people to look beyond the boundaries, and perceived shame, of receiving a dementia diagnosis.
'Most importantly, my wish is that people can find fulfilment in a life with dementia, and be able to find some sort of activity that they can enjoy: many studies have shown that using the brain is helpful for one’s general physical health, and this does not stop being the case if one has dementia.
'Focus on what you can do and keep striving'.
About the author:
I started work polishing Smarties, later becoming a Benefits Administrator before caring for the elderly. I was initially diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia in 2016, aged 58, however after many tests and different symptoms I was finally diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy which is the same dementia as Terry Pratchett had. I was glad to give up work but soon realised that many people's experiences were very different, so I wrote this resource to give others the information required to enable them to make informed choices.