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I have been diagnosed with vascular dementia but want to do a full time degree course. Has anyone been in a similar situation?
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No, but you would be best seeking medical advice and trying to seek support from the uni in managing your studies. Can you get support via the Disability team there? For unis you are interested in, call them to find out how they'd support you.
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I have been diagnosed with vascular dementia but want to do a full time degree course. Has anyone been in a similar situation?
Alan

You might find it useful to speak to the Dementia Connect support line.

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dement...t-support-line

I think that something I would suggest to you is identifying the University and course which appeals to you most fairly soon, with a view to submitting an application for this autumn.

Once you have firmed your Uni, you can then speak to the Disability Advisor at the Uni and also to the Accommodation people to make sure that everything is in place for you. One thing which may be helpful for you will be the Disabled Students' Allowance, which can provide for mentoring and specialised laptops/software etc.

Which subject interests you?
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I have been diagnosed with vascular dementia but want to do a full time degree course. Has anyone been in a similar situation?
My grandad died of vascular dementia last Christmas. It’s a terrible terrible disease especially vascular. Forgive me but there are a lot of trolls on TSR and I hope to god you aren’t lying as this is not a joking matter at all. If this is genuine I’m so sorry to hear this.

Honestly if I was you don’t bother live what life you have left. Everyone is different but my grandad died 4 years after showing signs and 2 years in he didn’t know who I was, we had to move him to a home and he couldn’t walk or do anything for himself (sorry not to scare you) everyone is different but that was my family’s experience.

LIVE, go out see places, max out all your credit cards and travel (when we all can) be on that first flight leaving the country to anywhere on any continent on may 17th. Spend time with your family and friends. If you are older I’d retire. It’s what I’d do. Dementia can progress so quickly. Live in the here and now
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have signed up with the Open University to do a BSc Computing and IT course. I will try to contact a disability advisor, that's a good idea. I had a couple of strokes a few years ago, which has led to me developing vascular dementia. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and so far I still have an active brain. I know things will deteriorate but want to keep myself occupied until that time. Thanks again
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have signed up with the Open University to do a BSc Computing and IT course. I will try to contact a disability advisor, that's a good idea. I had a couple of strokes a few years ago, which has led to me developing vascular dementia. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and so far I still have an active brain. I know things will deteriorate but want to keep myself occupied until that time. Thanks again
That sounds very promising, Alan.

This looks like a useful link:

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/disability
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I'm unlikely to live past 60, so I don't really care.
You do realise that people can get dementia before the age of sixty, right?
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have signed up with the Open University to do a BSc Computing and IT course. I will try to contact a disability advisor, that's a good idea. I had a couple of strokes a few years ago, which has led to me developing vascular dementia. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and so far I still have an active brain. I know things will deteriorate but want to keep myself occupied until that time. Thanks again
My experience with the OU disability team (albeit for a different issue) was quite positive and they were quite helpful for me, so I would think they'll be able to help make any arrangements needed to support your studies. An OU course also sounds like it would be a good option as while you things to study each week, there isn't a strict timetable you need to adhere to while working through it, so you can fit it around any other commitments you have and have more leeway in planning your time

Also you won't have constant assessments usually (maybe 1 a month at most), and they should also be able to help with possible flexibility in assessment submissions and arranging extensions etc if needed. They can also help with any alternate examination arrangements that may be needed (including potentially taking the examination in your home with an invigilator present with you - although this may not be possible currently under covid-19 restrictions!).
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No, I'm not changing just to please the minority.
You don’t need to, but maybe just joke about dementia on a different thread instead of one of the only threads on TSR that was created by someone who is living with the condition
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You do realise that people can get dementia before the age of sixty, right?
I was diagnosed with vascular dementia aged 58, so yes you can definately get it before you are 60 !
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