Dementia Friends at Blessed John Henry Newman

Thank you to all the people who attended ‘Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Parish’ session at Corpus Christi on Wednesday 18th May.   Growing Old Grace-fully was given such a warm welcome and there was lots of interesting and lively interaction which resulted in 20 people each becoming a Dementia Friend.

Dementia isn’t a natural part of ageing.  One of the people we talked about was Christine Bryden, a top civil servant, who was diagnosed with dementia in 1995 at the age of 46.  ‘My journey’, she wrote, ‘is to the inner self; to the reflection in the divine within.  This is what gives me an abiding sense of meaning as I travel the journey from diagnosis to death.’  She’s now 66 and still giving talks about what it means to live with dementia.  Christine Bryden’s books “Who will I be when I die?” and “Dancing with dementia” are published by Jessica Kingsley.


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