Robert Ferguson is 81 years old and from Glengormley. He is actively engaged with Age NI in many ways, including as a volunteer with the My Life My Way project.
'Volunteering with Age NI has given me the chance to give something back and do something truly positive for others.'
'The My Life My Way project is very close to my heart because of my own personal experiences. My wife, Olive lived with vascular dementia and I cared for her for many years until she passed away in 2013. I know that lots of people, having lived with challenges of dementia, might feel unsure about dealing with those challenges again. For me it’s the opposite. I am keen to use my experience to help.'
'I'll always have the memory of my wife Olive, and the life we shared together before dementia came into our lives, and I know the experiences I had while caring for her can help me to support other people. There are times when I feel very lonely. It is as though the world has disappeared.'
'I am fortunate that I have a network of friends and family to help me through those lonely times, but there are many people with dementia, and many carers for people with dementia, who are without support and understanding. That’s why I feel so fortunate to be involved as a volunteer with My Life My Way; I can be there for others when they need help and care.'
Age NI Volunteer
If Robert has inspired you to give a couple of hours of your time as a My Life My Way Volunteer, please contact the project manager in your area.