Dementia may change your mind, but not your heart

For Adelaide couple Joylene and John Stewart, the secret to 60 years of marriage is kindness and affection.

Despite living with dementia, 82-year-old John has always remembered the way his wife makes him feel.

“It’s hard seeing John live with dementia. Sometimes I think he doesn’t remember me, and then he reminds me how lovely I am. He always makes me feel so special,” Joylene said.

For more than a year, Joylene and John have both been receiving RDNS in-home care services, enabling them to live independently despite both battling health conditions.

“Last year I had a triple bypass surgery and John never wanted to leave the house. He became very disconnected to the community,” Joylene said.

“John now goes out a couple of days a week for RDNS’s Active Minds and Wellbeing Program and has even started playing bingo and the ukulele.

“Everyone has noticed a big change in John. He is more confident, outgoing and now loves getting out of the house,” Joylene added.

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The Active Minds and Wellbeing Program is a social support program that provides a wide range of fun and flexible activities designed for people with memory loss and cognitive conditions, including dementia.

RDNS also takes care of Joylene and John’s cleaning and other household tasks, giving them more time and energy to spend together, doing the things they love.

For more information about RDNS or their services call 1300 761 577.

Media Contact

Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E hannah.campbell@silverchain.org.au

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We are a not-for-profit organisation delivering community health and care services across Australia. We help people of all ages to receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy at home.

We have a proud history of serving Australians for over 110 years in Western Australia and more than 120 years as RDNS in South Australia. We currently deliver our services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

With over 4,000 staff and 130 volunteers, we assist more than 100,000 people to remain living in their homes and community every year.

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