“My name is William Yeates and in August 2019 at the age of 59 I was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Recently, I entered a documentary into the NOVA Short Film Festival which has the theme this year of focusing on the achievements of people living with a disability. My documentary is about my journey in returning as a volunteer surf lifesaver and competing in masters swimming and surf lifesaving.
The documentary, which goes for 5 minutes, can be viewed here: /FOA/films/3187.html
I hope that this documentary not only helps to change our society's perception of this disease but it also encourages other people who are living with dementia that you can still lead a better life, one which is rewarding and fulfilling.”
Embracing the theme of celebrating achievements within the realm of disabilities, Dementia Alliance International proudly presents William Yeates' documentary. Diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease at 59, William's story is a testament to the human spirit's unwavering strength.
As a valued member and former board member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI), William's narrative resonates deeply with our community. His participation in the NOVA Short Film Festival, centered on the accomplishments of people living with disabilities, is a testament to his unswerving commitment to breaking down barriers and altering perceptions.
From August 16 to August 20, 2023, the NOVA Short Film Festival opens its doors for voting. Join us in supporting William's remarkable documentary by voting for him here: Enjoying Life With Dementia by William Yeates