Talking Sense is the culmination of more than a decade of research by Agnes Houston after she was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in 2006. It was also written as a response to the lack of practical advice she was offered by a number of health care professionals after her diagnosis. Agnes found that not only was there little support for continued independence, but what support there was had virtually no awareness of the common experience of sensory change.
Agnes Houston MBE is a dementia activist who has always put others first. She was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 at the age of 57. She has campaigned for best practice and improving the lives of people with dementia (especially those experiencing sensory issues) in Scotland and received a lifetime achievement award from Alzheimer Scotland in 2013.
1. Practical tool for carers looking to support people living with sensory challenges
2. Awareness raising of the little-known phenomenon that people living with dementia can also face sensory challenges such as vision and perception impairment.
3. It shows who to go to for help, where support organisations can be located and how to access services and support