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Glenys Petrie

Glenys Petrie worked for Education Queensland, teaching students in the early primary years. She had raised her own children before entering the teaching profession as a mature aged student. Glenys has always had a nurturing, caring disposition, therefore, she found the transition between motherhood; becoming an early childhood teacher; and, then later assuming the role of a family Carer for her parents as their aged, seemingly easy. In time, her father Ron was diagnosed with vascular dementia. A few years after he died her mother Joy, who was vision impaired, was diagnosed with a rare type of dementia. With Glenys’ support, both remained living at home for as long as possible. 

It was whist she was caring for her mum that Glenys noticed some slowly evolving, but concerning changes in her partner John’s personality, communication and driving behaviours. Eventually, he too was diagnosed with Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease of the Familial Type. 

Glenys is well known for her advocacy about dementia. On reflection she’s realised that her advocacy began many years before John’s diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia. 

These days, Glenys also organises an inclusive Support Group for Younger Onset Dementia and their families where once a month they meet, tell stories, laugh and enjoy the friendships that have developed. She is a member of Dementia Australia’s and her local Wynnum/Manly Dementia Friendly Community Committees; works alongside Dementia Training Australia; Primary Health Networks; a number of Service Providers; and, is on about 10 different research committees.

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