Life Beyond Diagnosis is a collaborative project between myself and the Merseyside based SURF (Service User Reference Forum) Dementia network group. In 2016, a number of the group worked closely with myself to co-author a series of photo stories, which break the stigma associated with dementia and reflect their lives as individuals, not as a condition. Whilst most people recognise that dementia is associated with changes in memory, less people are aware that it can have a significant effect on other areas of functioning too.This series of images aims to highlight some of these difficulties. Some of these images may look strange to you and it may take you some time to work out what you are looking at – this is the day to day reality for many people living with dementia.
The project was supported and in partnership with Open Eye Gallery and Mersey Care NHSFoundation Trust