You are using an old and unsupported browser. Upgrade to a modern browser for a better experience

Times are shown in your local time zone (GMT )

Carers in conversation: Tomorrow might be better

Presentation Overview
Tomorrow might be better – chaired by Marie Alford, Head of Business Development HammondCare

Tully Smyth was just 14 years old when her mother was diagnosed with younger onset dementia. Now 32, Tully is a social media influencer, journalist, podcast host and a previous contestant on Big Brother Australia.
Thinking back, Tully remembers signs much earlier than when she received her diagnosis, which was put down to stress or being over-worked. It began with the little things. But it was her changes in personality that were the most drastic. Being angry all the time and quick to start an argument or lose her temper.  

The stigma around what a diagnosis of dementia means affected Tully’s life as a teenager. She stopped inviting friends over after school, desperate to keep the family secret and embarrassed about what they might see.

As her dementia progressed these feelings moved to sadness with the family battling to cope and no support network. After placing Kay in a couple of care homes that were not suitable due to distance to travel to visit regularly, or the care environment, Kay finally settled at a care home Hammondville in New South Wales.

In July last year, after a 23-year-long battle, Tully’s beautiful mum, Kay, passed away.  Tully will be sharing her experiences and says “Tomorrow might be better but it also might not, and that's okay. Because we're all in this together.”

Join us to hear Tully’s story.
Watch the Presentation
Other Suggested PresentationsSee the Program
#International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
#International Dementia Conference
Home
Themes

Please be advised this website collects and stores your cookies to improve your experience. By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies. For more information, please refer to our The content in this presentation is communicated to you by the speaker organisation pursuant to the Copyright Act 1968. The presentation remains the property of the authors and cannot be reproduced, adapted, distributed, publicly performed or displayed without prior permission. Privacy Policy