Greetings. I am Dr Joy Watson. I originally come from Essex but now live in Manchester. I was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s 3 years ago, having experienced symptoms of the disease from the age of 49. I was not surprised when the diagnosis was given, although I was still devastated.
I have given my life over to raising awareness about this nasty condition and eradicating the stigma that unfortunately still accompanies the disease.
I was given my Honorary Doctorate last year in recognition for the work I do with Salford University and their Dementia Institute. I was delighted to be asked to be a member of the newly formed 3 nations working group, it’s a challenge I intend to grasp with both hands. I am an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and a media ambassador for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Being part of the National dementia picture is what gets me out of bed each morning. I just love what I do.
I have two sons and two amazing granddaughters, not forgetting my husband who is my full time carer. But the love of my life is my one year old labradoodle who, if he makes the grade, will be my dementia assistance dog.
I am passionate about many things, hence my involvement in a good number of groups helping others to enjoy life with dementia. A diagnosis of dementia is not the end of the road but the beginning of a new journey. Some people need a little more help to take the first steps, and if I can contribute to them living well, then my mission is fulfilled.
Dr Joy Watson speaks with an Inspiration for Innovation for those with Dementia.