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Thoughts and Opinions

My dad: A man in a woman's world


Beth BrittonThe fact that dementia disproportionally affects women didn't come as any surprise to me. In the last nine years of my dad's life with dementia he was surrounded by women, most notably myself and my mum, but also my half-sister, fellow care home residents who were predominantly female, visitors to his three care homes who were mostly women, female care workers, nurses, doctors, physios, chefs, housekeeping staff, activity co-ordinators, entertainers and therapeutic practitioners.  read more ...

A young carer's story - one of the statistics


Sophie and her grandparentsThree people in my family have or have had dementia. I lost my great grandfather to dementia at the age of 12. He was 94 years of age and just wanted to give up. My maternal grandparent's cared for him, until he had his leg amputated and developed dementia. From then on he was in a care home. I remember helping out a little bit with this when I was younger. I didn't do as much as I do now though....  read more ...

Women's identity: who cares?


But for me the greatest tragedy of dementia is its effect on identity and relationships.

And I would suggest that society more readily grasps the loss of identity experienced by men – living with dementia or in a caring role - because it equates the man's self with his public role: doctor, engineer, lawyer, sportsman, driver, head teacher, famous author. Something active and respected, the loss of which is visible to the outside world....  read more ...

South Asian women and caring for a family member with dementia: some reflections from the Sikh community in Wolverhampton


Karan JutllaThe Alzheimer's Society tells us that two thirds of the people living with dementia in the UK are women and many research papers state that most family carers and those paid to care for people with dementia are also women. Furthermore, research on dementia in South Asian communities in the UK tells us that the majority of family carers are in fact daughters-in-law who tend to remain hidden from services due to their husbands usually being classed at the registered carer (the person known to services). ...  read more ...

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