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Living beyond younger onset dementia.Kate Swaffer  

When former nurse Kate Swaffer was diagnosed with younger onset dementia at just 49 years of age, health care professionals and service providers told her to “get her end of life affairs in order, to quit her job, to give up study and live for the time she had left”. They also suggested she “get acquainted with aged care sooner rather than later”.

Fast-forward eight years and Kate has become an internationally recognised speaker and advocate for the 47.5 million people with dementia around the world.

Since her diagnosis, Kate has completed two undergraduate degrees, in psychology and creative writing, in her hometown of Adelaide and a Masters of Science in Dementia Care at UOW. She has commenced her PhD at UOW, focusing on understanding the lived experience of dementia and improving the lives of those people living with it and those who support them.

Kate joins a growing group of researchers at UOW who are part of this proactive research into dementia and believes it is an exciting time with so much work dedicated to dementia.

You can be part of this exciting time by supporting UOW's Dementia Research Fund.