Profile – Jane Ward

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Jane Ward

Job Title:

Research Network Local Area Coordinator for SE England

Place of work / study:

Alzheimer’s Society

Connection with dementia:

Former Carer  (Mother; Vascular Dementia),  work for Dementia Friendly Hampshire (since 2013), volunteer for   Alzheimer’s Society Research Network (since 2011), volunteer for Dementia Adventure (since 2016).

Involvement of with dementia research:

Member of Alzheimer’s Society Research Network which has led to me monitoring several Dementia Research Projects for Alzheimer’s Society, membership of a couple of steering groups and becoming a co-applicant on a couple of research projects

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I gained a Physics degree from University and worked in the field of RF engineering for 15 years. I took a career break to travel and also volunteer on a Raleigh International Expedition to Chile in 2003 which led to a career change to teach English as a foreign language in China, Korea and India.

I returned to the UK to look after Mum and to help her get her diagnosis of dementia. I cared for her full time for 4 years until her death in early 2013. Since then I have worked and volunteered in several roles to do as much as I can to support those living with and affected by dementia.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:            

When I first arrived in a tiny village in Ladakh in India, my room in the school where I was to teach wasn’t ready for me, so I lived in a Buddhist monastery for a couple of weeks!

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