Allison, from Northern Ireland, is 61 and was diagnosed with dementia in 2017. Allison has been part of the project team creating My Life, My Goals.
She said: “Dementia takes so much away from you. I came away from being given my diagnosis thinking my life was over. You are handed a lot of leaflets and information, but it is very medically based. It’s very daunting stuff. If I had been given My Life, My Goals I would have been given hope.
Allison realised she had to adapt her approach to cooking if she was to continue her passion.
She said: “I loved cooking, I loved baking. The only way I can do that now is to be exceptionally organised and to work from a recipe. I can no longer remember things that I have made all my life, but that’s fine, it means I can still do it. Whenever I’m cooking something I quite often forget to put water in the pot. So that is an important part of every step I’m doing - if there’s water it has to be on that list!
'My Life, My Goals is personal to you. You don’t have to read it cover to cover. You can dip in and go to the sections that you need.
'Goals that are important to me might not be the goals you would choose. Nobody else is saying what I have to achieve or what goals I have to set.
'This booklet might help you realise you have already put some of these steps into place. People who haven’t put them into place yet can be guided on how to start the process.
'Maybe start with something really simple, something you know you can achieve easily and see how these steps help you do it better. It will be a good guidance and a good prompt for people to actually start.'