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Thomas Westhead

Thomas Westhead

Thomas Westhead
Medical student
The University of Nottingham

I am a 4th year medical student and my interest in dementia has developed from our lectures on it throughout medical school. I have been a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society for three years and my roles with them have helped me to appreciate the challenge of living with dementia and what everyone in society can do to help make their lives that bit easier.

 

Thomas Westhead

Like all aspiring medical students, before coming to university I undertook a range of work experience and volunteering roles.

Thomas Westhead

There is a strong link between mood and dementia. People who have previously suffered with depression have a higher likelihood of developing dementia and depression is also linked with a faster rate of deterioration in those living with dementia.

Thomas Westhead

The different types of dementia can affect the brain in very different ways, however a common theme between them all is how they can cause the ability to communicate to suffer.