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Thoughts and Opinions


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 ...

Two Women


Janet DeanThere are so many things to think about, to try to capture, in women's experience of dementia. It is an area in which I have been professionally involved for well over 20 years, but my personal experience, and the personal relationships I make through my work are where I find meaning about dementia, so in this piece I am going to share some thoughts about two of my close relatives....  read more ...

Life really doesn't seem fair


I'm very lucky because I don't actually live with dementia but I have many friends that do and can only quote from their experience. My very good friend Ellen who I've known for 25 years has had a vascular dementia for several years, she's in her 80s now.  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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