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Dementia is a formidable adversary, challenging not only the cognitive abilities of those of us affected but also our sense of self and independence.

I've met many people living with dementia who are achieving remarkable feats that are both inspirational and a testament to the indomitability of the human spirit.

In this blog, I want to celebrate the resilience and triumphs of those who refuse to be defined by their condition and instead rise above it and showcase their extraordinary capabilities.

Over the past five years since my diagnosis, it's been my privilege to meet many talented people living with dementia whose accomplishments are staggering. I've encountered artistic brilliance, remarkable physical achievements, literary triumphs, musical excellence and inspirational advocacy.

So, let's look at some of these fields of achievement in more detail...

Arts and Crafts

Whether using a brush, a pencil, a potter's wheel, a camera, working in wood, fabric, concrete or on a computer, one of the awe-inspiring achievements of people living with dementia is their ability to create captivating works of art.

Self portrait by Willy Gilder

The creative process often becomes a therapeutic outlet, allowing artists to express emotions and memories that may be difficult to communicate verbally.

Numerous art programs for people with dementia have surfaced, highlighting the incredible talent that emerges when artistic expression meets the unyielding spirit of those of us who live with cognitive challenges.

Physical Achievements

Peter Berry. Penny Farthing adventurer.

Contrary to stereotypes, people with dementia can achieve physical feats that challenge preconceived notions about their abilities. Regular physical activities have been shown to positively affect cognitive function and overall well-being.

From participating in marathons to mastering yoga or climbing mountains, these achievements enhance physical health and inspire others to challenge the limits imposed by society's expectations.

Music as a Lifeline

Music has an extraordinary ability to evoke emotions and memories. For people living with dementia, engaging with music can be a transformative experience. Some people rediscover their musical talents, while others find solace in listening to or creating melodies.

Paul Hitchmough and Tommy Dunne BEM

Music therapy programs have emerged as practical tools for enhancing cognitive function and emotional well-being among those of us facing the challenges of dementia.

Inspirational Advocacy

Julie Hayden - Dementia activist

People living with dementia have become powerful advocates, raising awareness and advocating for better understanding and support. By sharing their personal stories, they reduce the stigma and misconceptions surrounding dementia.

Organizations such as Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK, The DEEP Network, Dementia Alliance International and many others empower individuals to become advocates, amplifying our voices on a global scale and fostering a sense of community among those facing similar challenges.


The remarkable achievements of people living with dementia speak volumes about the resilience of the human spirit. Their stories defy the stereotypes associated with dementia, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and nurturing each person's unique talents and abilities.

By celebrating these triumphs, we contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society that values the untapped potential within each individual, regardless of their cognitive condition.

Sadly, many people never get past the negativity that often surrounds a diagnosis.

But the simple truth is that we all have that spark of creativity within us that, if encouraged and nurtured, can blossom into magnificence.

Never let anyone tell you that "you can't".


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Now I’m in; you have missed out the only one for me; Academic Research. By this, I mean full blown research by us, not as Guinea Pigs but as proper researchers. I have co authored several Papers, written Funding Applications etc. My neurologist says it is keeping me out of Care…

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Hmmm. You may be right. I too engage in a lot of research and have helped to put together expressions of interest, bids etc, but I hadn't considered it as I wrote about the other aspects of inspirational endeavour. I guess I should have considered all volunteering too.

We're an inspirational bunch, aren't we?

Have you joined the 3 Nations Dementia Working Group?

I think you'd be at home there.

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