Fantasy Writer Gives His Views on Dementia; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS

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Fantasy Writer Gives His Views on Dementia; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS


ONLY one in eight believe people with dementia can have a good quality of life, research has found.

But a report by the Alzheimer's Society reveals that a better quality of life is possible for people with a dementia diagnosis.

It highlights simple things such as having someone to talk to or being able to practise a faith that can have a huge impact.

My Name is Not Dementia draws on the views of people with dementia, including author Sir Terry Pratchett.

It aims to break down misconceptions by showing a person's identity does not disappear because of a dementia diagnosis.

Sir Terry, who has a rare form of dementia, said: "Dementia is undoubtedly a cruel and debilitating condition.

"However a diagnosis does not strip a person of their identity. That person still has a voice and they deserve to be heard. Dementia requires not just care but also understanding.

"There is an opportunity here to give the lie to some of the cliches of care.

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