Janis Cottee is working alongside the MedicAlert team as an ambassador for dementia and carers.

Janis Cottee

Janis Cottee is a member of Tide and a former carer for her husband who had early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was one of so few in the Borough with an early onset that Janis struggled to find age-appropriate support. She has been involved in many initiatives including the SHIELD programme with University College Hospital London studying Psycho-social interventions in dementia ( which included the carer) and the NICE Forum concerning what standards of care carers are looking for. She is a previous Member of both Uniting Carers and The Carers Call To Action.

Janis was also involved in developing the Skills for Care Booklet, enabling all sections of the Health Service to include the carer.

She has taken part in the opening plenary session of the 2016 National Dementia Congress, speaking on human rights and dementia, and Yorkshire and Humber's Webinar on delirium, and part of a working group that developed their online training course.

She also participated in the development of the "We statements", has been a member of the task force for the Dementia Friendly Hospital Poster, and contributed to the National Audit on Dementia Specification meetings.

Janis has a son and daughter and two grandsons. Although she was in private business for most of her working life, she then worked part-time for her local Member of Parliament for 7 years as a caseworker.

To find out how MedicAlert supports carers, click below


Janis & richard

I’m Janis and I cared for my husband, Richard, who had Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease.

It was a long and arduous journey to get an official diagnosis. I knew I had to do my own research, seek help from other experts and continue to advocate for his health to be a priority.

Although my husband sadly passed away in 2015, in his memory, I continue to advocate for the health and well-being of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I also use my platform to help other carers that deal with mental and physical health problems due to lack of support which results in burnout.

I have partnered with MedicAlert because they not only support people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia but also provide tools to provide additional peace of mind to carers.

I wanted to share my story to highlight the ups and downs of life as a carer when a loved one is living with dementia, before and after a diagnosis.

To read Janis's story, click below.


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