It’s Not Just Memory Problems A Look Into Sensory Changes with Agnes Houston
by Corrie L. Phillips, PAC Team Member
Often when people talk about dementia, they assume that all dementias come with severe memory loss. This is what is portrayed in the media and often glorified in films. While memory issues are present for some, this is not true for everyone.
I would like to introduce you to Agnes Houston of Scotland. Agnes was diagnosed with early-onset dementia of the Alzheimers type back in 2006. Since that time, she has been sharing her story around the world. Her focus is to share not only her story but the story of others who have faced the challenges of sensory input changes with dementia.
In 2015, she published a video in which she talks about her own vision and hearing changes. She also interviewed around 20 other people who are living with dementia to discuss some of the changes they faced – changes that no one warned them about.
Take some time to watch some of the videos listed below to learn a bit about Agnes and all of the other folks who are figuring out how to adapt and live well with dementia, despite the sensory changes that alter their paths.
Video Resource: Dementia and Sensory Challenges
Video Resource: Flourishing through Connections (TedX)
Visit Dementia Can Be More Than Memory and get a free copy of the Dementia & Sensory Challenges booklet.