Hi, my name is William Yeates, and in July 2019 - at the age of 59 - I was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease. As devastating as this diagnosis was for my family and me, I have been trying over the past three years to lead a better life as this disease progresses.
An essential part of my approach has been my decision to start competing in Master's Swimming and Surf Lifesaving at local, state, national, and international levels. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences at international conferences on Dementia, I will be able to inspire others who are also living with Dementia that it is still possible to lead a life with purpose and meaning.
Over the next year, I will be competing in Perth at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, the Gold Coast in the Australian Pool Rescue Championships, and the Pan Pacific Games in November. I will also be travelling to the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Brunei to present at conferences on dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. I will also be travelling to Fiji to participate in my first ocean swim.
To illustrate my journey, I have created my own website - www.awakeningyourpositivity.com - where you can follow my progress.