Living well with dementia- Trevor Jarvis
Dr Trevor Jarvis B.E.M
Trevor Jarvis was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2001, at the age of 59. Since then, he has been campaigning for greater support for people living with dementia.
Trevor worked as a Health & Safety officer before his diagnosis, which meant he had to stop working straight away, as it was not safe for him to return. This had a big impact on Trevor’s life, but he turned it around into a positive change and became involved with charities, helping others with dementia and Alzheimer’s to live a better life.
He also had to change his lifestyle to live in a different way and adapt to what he could and couldn’t now do. He accepted that he had dementia and carried on with his life, making small changes as necessary.
Trevor is very heavily involved in raising awareness of dementia and has received the British Empire Medal for his work campaigning to improve the lives of people with dementia. He has travelled the country to speak to other organisations and groups, one of whom is the First Bus Group.
Trevor worked with First Bus to make a video about his experiences as a passenger who is living with dementia. The video is used as part of their staff training programme and which aims to increase the drivers’ understanding of dementia so that they are better able to support their passengers who are living with the condition.
Trevor has visited hospitals, universities, care homes and schools, to talk about the signs and symptoms of dementia, his own personal experiences and how communities can all become more ‘dementia-friendly’. He is a Dementia Friends Champion and delivers Dementia Friends sessions to various groups in the community.
Trevor has carried out some amazing work to date and continues to do so. When asked what was the highlight of his work he advised:- “the one thing that does stand out to me is when I visit schools and 10 year olds ask me questions, and are genuinely interested. They are the future!”
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