Untangling Early Onset Alzheimer's Atop a Penny Farthing with Peter Berry and Deb Bunt
Today’s guest is Peter Berry. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 50, Peter took an early retirement from his job working in the family’s timber business. After the devastating diagnosis, he became depressed but, being a ‘glass half full’ personality, battled through his depression and focused on his lifelong passion for cycling. He has used this passion to raise awareness of the condition, particularly in younger people.
Peter’s whole philosophy is to live well with dementia and to inspire others to do the same. He maintains an active lifestyle due to his love of cycling, which keeps him fit both below and above the eyebrows, he says. He rides a penny farthing, a single speed bike, a road bike, and a 1950’s Claud Butler, although not all at the same time – he’s good, but not that good, he jokes.
Along with his friend Deb Bunt, Peter cycles nearly every day. Their travels throughout Suffolk, England have led them to have many serious heart-to-hearts about his disease, which Deb put together in a book called Slow Puncture: Living Well with Dementia.
“It’s a book about me,” Peter says, “but a book I have never read and never will read as my short-term memory means I have forgotten the previous sentence as soon as I have started a new one.”
In this episode we discuss the difficulties encountered with a dementia diagnosis at age 50, the financial pressures he’s had to overcome, and how cycling has made life with COVID tolerable.
Read Peter’s AlzAuthors Post: https://alzauthors.com/2020/12/29/early-onset-alzheimers-bunt-berry/
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