Each week Barbara, Kate and Steve will be sharing tips and advice and writing articles that we hope you’ll find interesting and relevant.
Barbara Stephens, Caregiver-in-Chief
Barbara has extensive professional experience in the dementia field, having worked for the Alzheimer’s Society, as CEO of Dementia UK and as co-founder of Dementia Pathfinders. Barbara’s involvement with dementia began more than 30 years ago when her father-in-law became unwell and was later diagnosed with vascular dementia. ‘Coping and coming to terms with my father-in-law’s unpredictable and perplexing behaviour, at a time when there was minimal awareness of dementia and services were scant, took an emotional toll on our family. Looking back, I can recognise that we did the best we could, in the circumstances, but knowing what I know now, I feel saddened at how poorly served my father-in-law was by health and care providers, and how little information and support we were given to help us care for him as a family.’
Barbara’s father has recently been diagnosed with dementia. As Caregiver-in-Chief, she writes a weekly blog and contributes her expertise in other ways through the ‘Caregivers’ Club’ and across all dimensions of Unforgettable’s activities.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Kate Corr, Senior Content Writer
Kate has been writing for Unforgettable since it launched, she has also written a series of Unforgettable guidebooks, including A Family Guide to Dementia. Kate is a media professional with more than 20 years’ experience on national consumer magazines and newspapers. She started writing about dementia after watching her mum Sarah live with the condition for nearly ten years. ‘At first, we managed quite well, but as mum declined it became more and more difficult to cope. The practicalities were hard enough without the emotional impact. I think there’s a lot more awareness of dementia now (mum died eleven years ago) but many of the issues families still face are ones I totally relate to.’
“No man is a failure if he has friends.”
It’s a Wonderful Life
Steve Hunter, Digital Marketing Manager
Steve is our digital expert. It’s his job to build your weekly newsletter and make sure it reaches as many people as possible. Steve has worked in digital marketing for six years and used to work for the BBC. He’s fortunate not to have had any direct personal experience of dementia, but as a dad to two young children he’s well versed in the art of patience, perseverance and self-sacrifice…
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”