Dr Jennifer Bute used to be a GP but retired early with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. Since then it has become her passion to try and help people understand about it, because she believe it is her great opportunity, a God-given unexpected gift in order to understand this as she describes it "hurt" section of society.
She recently visited Lymington and as a committed Christian spoke inspirationally to a number of people who gathered to meet her at Lymington Baptist Church.
What Dr Bute has to say will be of help to
"People with dementia can become confused and upset. They may see, smell or hear things no-one else does, or be "Time Travelling", thinking they are living in an earlier decade, so be become confused at what they see around them. Their behaviour can be unusual or awkward. They may find it hard to express themselves or understand others.
It is important to remember that a person with dementia is exactly the same person inside as they used to be, but as they find communication difficult, others need to make adjustments in how they communicate with them.
Their condition makes it difficult or impossible to store new factual information, although they experience and remember feelings in the normal way. Feelings always remain, as does spiritual awareness.
Visiting, having a conversation with a person with dementia can encourage feelings of self-worth in them and bring comfort and happiness."
She has made a number of videos, and enjoys speaking at conferences, and at meetings for doctors, carers or relatives.
She has also written a number of very useful leaflets to help people for example:
You can also find more information on her Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/gloriousopportunity/