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Thoughts and Opinions

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 ...

Images of dementia


Lorna's mumWhen my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 66, one of the clear thoughts that stood out amongst the jumble of emotions knocking me sideways was that I would not now witness her with dementia. My maternal grandmother had developed dementia, as had her mother. I hadn't known either of these close relatives but woven through the accounts of family health were threads of dementia and the suggestion that this 'illness' was sewn into the genes of the female line....  read more ...

The ladies of Nubian Life


Nubian Life Our ladies are strong, proud women; women, who have owned businesses, raised families and cared for others.  read more ...

Women in fictional representations of dementia


Alice MunroThe Dementia Without Walls programme values women's stories about dementia. These are real-life stories, of women with dementia, carers, and family members. Given the wealth of these factual stories that need to be told and heard, imagined fictional stories about dementia could seem frivolous, or even trivialising. In this post, I ask: has fiction got a part to play in telling the story of dementia and helping us understand it better? ...  read more ...

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