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Alison MacadamRecent experience of working on a project with people with dementia, their carers, families and friends has raised some questions and thoughts about how women are affected by dementia – and how this can differ from the experiences of men. ...  read more ...

Researching women and dementia: Duties or expectations to care?


Prof Liz Peel Dr Rosie Harding According to the Office of National Statistics 11.8 per cent of women in England provide unpaid care, compared to 8.9 per cent of men, and therefore women undertake 58 per cent of unpaid care work for older people (ONS, 2011). In our own (non-representative) sample of 185 people caring for a loved one living with a dementia 69 per cent of carers were women (Harding and Peel, 2013; Peel and Harding, 2014). ...  read more ...

Women's roles as mothers and daughters


Janet's mumOne of the features of my mother's dementia is that she has lost a sense of the relationship between people. She knows who they are but age and the signs of ageing don't appear to make a lot of difference, so she becomes confused about who 'belongs' to whom, sometimes believing that she is the child and I am the mother. But if I visit her with one of my daughters, she cannot sequence the generations....  read more ...

If I have seen further it is from standing on the shoulders of giants


Valerie FreestoneIsaac Newton is famed for saying "if I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants". The more modern version is a phrase I have often heard in speeches given by some of the most inspirational women I've met. I often think who have influenced me most in my career, whose shoulders am I standing on?  read more ...

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