A WOMAN from York who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50s has spoken of her devastation that her disability payments have been cut.
Wendy Mitchell, 60, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014, and has inadvertently become a representative for people with dementia through her determination to raise awareness – appearing on the national news, addressing the House of Lords and working with researchers.
Wendy was shocked to learn that her Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for people with a long term disability have been cut. She now faces a daunting six years of living on a minimum NHS pension.
The decision has been questioned by the many people who read her blog online, as well as Alzheimer’s Society and Healthwatch York.
Wendy said: “I had the devastating news that I was no longer applicable to receive any payment, which is very strange since I was before and I have more challenges now than I did 18 months ago at the first assessment.
“They gave some really bizarre reasons as to why I no longer qualified, including the fact that I can prepare a meal – I can’t – I can talk normally – I can’t – and I can walk normally – which again, I can’t.