Julie and Menzies Goyder
Dr Julie Goyder worked as an enrolled nurse before completing a PhD at Curtin University. The result was a book about Dementia, entitled We’ll be Married in Fremantle, published in 2001. Little did she know then that one day her beloved husband, Anthony, would succumb to Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.
Julie taught Creative Writing and English at Edith Cowan University for 20 years before resigning to care for Anthony but it soon became obvious that the nursing home decision would have to be made. Since then, despite the pitfalls of Anthony’s Dementia, and the impact on Julie and their son, Ming, she has become a passionate advocate and spokesperson for Dementia care. Her blog, at jmgoyder.com, often addresses the humorous and poignant conversations she shares with Anthony. But she also writes about herself and her ongoing struggle to find a way to make this kind of situation more palatable for others.
Julie’s up-and-coming book, Dementia Dialogues, is about how Julie and Ming have learned how to cope with Anthony’s Dementia via conversations with Ants and between ourselves. At TEDx, Ming and Julie will bring some humour into a hopefully larger dialogue about Dementia.
Menzies (“Ming”) Goyder has completed a Diploma in Community Service and is now undertaking a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing with the Langley Group. He is a musician and currently writing an album dedicated to his dad. He also works at Henry’s as a waiter and supervisor-in-training.
Ming has been a wonderful support to Julie in caring for Anthony at home during the early years of Anthony’s Parkinson’s Disease Dementia. He has transitioned from anger to acceptance in his struggle to deal with his dad’s illnesses and he has become a passionate advocate for Dementia care by accompanying Julie in speaking publicly about their family’s journey.