“I’m proud when peo­ple feel they can turn to me”

Woman & Home - - W & H Dementia Awarness Campaign -

VIVIANV BECK, 57, LIVES IN C CAM­BRIDGE W WITH HER HUS­BAND

A AND WORKS AS A DE­MEN­TIA A AD­VISER.

“I HAD WORKED INI MARKETINGK TI AND D PUB­LISH­ING,BLI BUT WHEN I TURNED 40 I FELT I NEEDED A JOB THAT AL­LOWED ME TO HELP PEO­PLE. SIX YEARS AGO, I GOT THE ROLE AS DE­MEN­TIA AD­VISER WITH ALZHEIMER’S SO­CI­ETY. MY FA­THER-IN­LAW, WHO HAD ALZHEIMER’S, SADLY PASSED AWAY JUST AF­TER MY IN­TER­VIEW.

MY ROLE IN­VOLVES VIS­IT­ING PEO­PLE AT HOME AND HELP­ING THEM AND THEIR FAM­ILY TO UN­DER­STAND THE CON­DI­TION AND FIND A WAY TO CON­TINUE LIV­ING A NOR­MAL LIFE.

VIS­ITS USU­ALLY START WITH GET­TING TO KNOW THE PER­SON, TALK­ING ABOUT PRAC­TI­CAL THINGS, LIKE POWER OF AT­TOR­NEY, AND TRY­ING TO MAKE EV­ERY­THING SOUND LESS SCARY. IF THEY TELL ME THEY EN­JOY SINGING, WHICH IS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN, I WOULD FIND A CHOIR.

SOME PEO­PLE SPECIF­I­CALLY ASK ME TO STAY IN TOUCH AF­TER MY FIRST VISIT. ONE OF TH­ESE IS 78-YEAR-OLD PATTY. SHE IS VERY IN­DE­PEN­DENT AND USED TO BE A MID­WIFE.

WHEN WE FIRST MET, PATTY DIDN’T NEED MUCH HELP. OVER TIME, SHE HAS HAD TO AC­CEPT MORE SUP­PORT. RE­CENTLY, I AD­VISED SHE MIGHT BE EL­I­GI­BLE FOR A CER­TAIN TYPE OF BEN­E­FIT AND A COUN­CIL TAX DIS­COUNT.

PEO­PLE WANT TO KNOW THERE’S SOME­ONE THEY CAN CALL WHO UN­DER­STANDS THEM, AND I AM PROUD TO BE THIS PER­SON.”

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