‘We deserve dignity’: Figtree woman’s bid to put joy back into aged care

Valma Fell‘s life was touched by dementia three times; first, when her brother-in-law was diagnosed with the “new illness” of Alzheimer’s in the 1960s, again when another brother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimers decades later, and finally when her own husband, former Illawarra Mercury General Manager, Ian Fell, was diagnosed in 2006.

“We had very different experiences – treatment changed a lot in that time,” she said.

“But what didn’t change was the fear and misunderstanding around the word ‘dementia’.

“Friends would ask me how he was, but they wouldn’t come around to have a cuppa with him.”

Val now works tirelessly to make sure the elderly, inclding those with dementia, get the care they need.

She says that care isn’t just physical, it’s social and emotional too.


Please click here to read the full “‘We deserve dignity’: Figtree woman’s bid to put joy back into aged care” article published at Illawarra Mercury, written by Zoe Cartwright.

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