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Diana Smith-Harris

Eating well with dementia

Diana was a carer for her husband Eugene who was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in 2016.

Eugene was an upholsterer by trade. He was also a steel pan player and played in the Chapeltown Carnival in Leeds – that’s how we met. I was a singer and the band’s normal singer was on holiday so I went along to audition and the rest is history.

Diana cared for him until he sadly passed away in 2020.

Diana is passionate about ensuring that the voice of carers are heard and that young onset diagnosis dementia is given the same priority as all areas of dementia.

Diana Smith-Harris and Liz Menacer developed the ‘Eating Well With Dementia’ cookery book, developed by people, carers and staff at the Young Dementia Leeds day service, provided by Community Links / Inspire North.

You can find out more about the book in this recording on “Woman’s Hour” on BBC Radio 4 (10-11am on 17th November)  here.

The book can be purchased from Amazon here.

Diana is passionate about ensuring that the voice of carers are heard and that young onset diagnosis dementia is given the same priority as all areas of dementia.

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