Alao taught creative writing at Plymouth Marjon University for 11 years and is now a visiting lecturer at the University of Plymouth's Peninsula Medical School, where she teaches a Special Studies module that focuses on non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care.
In my practice as a storyteller in memory cafes, I encourage audience participation through music, gentle exercises and storytelling. My current research focus is Raising Awareness of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) in BME Communities. FTD is a type of early onset dementia; symptoms include: social deterioration, personality changes and language impairment. Interestingly, research shows that many patients experience paradoxical functional facilitation, and they suddenly become very creative, and produce magnificent works.
For her micro-commission, Alao has created a beautiful nine stanza Haiku poem, written in the voice of someone living with FTD. Listen to the poem via the video link below.