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Idalina Aguiar, member of the EWGPWD, writes about her recent activities

Thursday 24 August 2017

My month of June was full with some opportunities to talk about dementia and raising awareness about it.

First, I had the pleasure to give a talk with my daughter, Nélida, in Café Memória da Madeira, on 24 June. Many participants already knew us but our testimony inspired each one of them. I felt a little bit nervous, but I talked in my own language and I was well prepared in my previously cognitive stimulation sessions, that I attend every week at Alzheimer Portugal, Delegation of Madeira. Nélida talked about how her life and that of the entire family became very different, and I talked how my life became an everyday challenge. Together we talked about how kindness, patience and love have made it possible to overcome everyday challenges.

Last 27 June, I met some students from Geriatric Assistant Training. I read a text about myself, previously prepared with Lucília and Gonçalo in my cognitive stimulation sessions. I talked with the students about how it was to be diagnosed with dementia, how I am dealing with it and how can I live with dementia and why am I participating in EWGPWD, more recently. I know the students felt touched by my testimony and they told me that it was a pleasure to meet me and that I have changed the way they view people with dementia.

These were the main different things I have done in June. In everything else I am doing what Idalina always does: read, play cards, going to concerts, enjoy time with family and friends, gardening.

Idalina is supported by her daughter Nelida, to whom we are grateful for her help in translating Idalina's words to English.