Bill Yeates: Dementia Advocate
Make a life plan and be positive
"There is hope and a lot of it has to come from within you. You have to understand and accept the diagnosis. As soon as you can do that, you can start moving on with your life.”
I didn’t process my diagnosis at all well. For the first time in my life, I felt completely helpless and scared. I didn’t know what the future would hold for me and my family.
In the end, from my own research, I created a personalised plan to get my life back in order. Besides the many changes I made in terms of my lifestyle and the introduction of non-pharmaceutical interventions, the key component that flows through everything I now do on a daily basis is positivity.
Positivity for me, is more than just a mindset or a feeling. It’s basically a way of life where you simply believe in yourself. You’ve accepted the diagnosis, you understand the limitations of it, and now everything you do moves towards having a better life.
"You might think you are, but you’re not alone. Your family and friends are very important too. It’s not hopeless.”