Tracey Shorthouse

I was working as a community staff nurse, as part of a district nurse team before I was diagnosed with dementia and I retired a few months after my diagnosis.

In 2015, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Posterior Cortical Atrophy – two types of Dementia. To read more click here for a fuller interview

I was relieved to get a dementia diagnosis but it was also a shock. It was important for me to know what was causing these changes so that I could plan for the future and get on with my life.

Even after this diagnosis, I still enjoy life and keep busy. I still have some 'me' time doing photography, gardening and seeing family and friends. I also write a blog on Facebook called I’m still me” 

As a retired nurse I’m particularly interested in ensuring that there is person-centred care for people with dementia and I’m part of the 'Task Force' in London for the Hospital Charter with National Dementia Action Alliance.

Exercise has always been an important part of my life so I’m also involved in a project with the Alzheimer’s Society to make all leisure and sports centres inclusive for people with dementia - You can watch a video about the project here

To learn more about me, how dementia has affected me, and how I continue to live an enjoyable independent life, please see the please see the following film created by the Financial Times.