What I've learnt over the years is that yes, dementia is a challenging condition, but it shouldn't be one that stops those living with it from doing what they love, or even trying something new. Yet, because the condition can affect memory, thinking, orientation and language, many people find it difficult to continue doing the things they enjoy.
I didn't really have a clue a year ago. But wow, learning on the job I think will always be the best way to gain knowledge and skills. It has been a huge learning curve. People doubted me and the organisation. Sometimes we follow plan A and sometimes we follow plan B. But we will always prosper with whatever path we take. Sometimes I fail, sometimes I succeed.
Joining any religious community is fraught with culture shocks and the danger of committing unforgivable faux pas. As one of the best Muslims in the country - possibly the world - I'm in a strong position to give some pointers about what Lindsay can expect should she officially decide to join the faith.
On the 23rd January myself and 32 others will be starting an attempt to run 7 marathons in 7 days on the 7 continents around the world. The challenge starts on a glacier in Antarctica and then travels through Chile, Miami, Madrid Marrakesh, Dubai before finishing in Sydney. I will have 168 hours to cover 183 miles with around 60 hours of flying thrown in for good measure.
The Prime Minister has pledged to address the level of mental health provision; while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, publically supported a campaign to aid young people with mental health issues. My concern is that older people's needs, in this case mental health, are yet again going under the radar.
It is well documented that the act of singing brings with it a whole raft of benefits to health and wellbeing, and singing in a choir has even more to offer participants. It is one of the most effective ways to form social bonds and is undeniably one of the most enjoyable and uplifting group activities you can do
The message of our new campaign is one that I hope will make people not just stop and take notice, but stop and take action: 'It's time to swear to take on mental illness in young people'. Why swearing? Because it perfectly encompasses how so many of us feel about the state of mental healthcare today.
What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...
A few years ago, I probably would have said that I did not feel in control of my life. I was fortunate to have loving grandparents who never stopped supporting me and to come across The Prince's Trust which helped me set up my business. They were some of the helping hands which have enabled me to be in a position today to help so many young girls reach their potential.