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Nurses' vital role in changing attitudes towards people with dementia

Greater acceptance of older people with dementia is helping families to cope, says Jane Bates. 
Jane Bates

My father and I had a pact – we would never repeat the daft things my grandmother said. We just couldn’t bear people laughing at her

My granny had always been warm, witty and wise. Now in her eighties, she was in good form physically but her memory had left the building.

She had dementia but was still her sunny self, welcoming us every visit despite not knowing who we were. It was heart breaking.

To make things worse, others found it amusing. Called her batty, which hurt. That’s how it was then, but thankfully people rarely speak like that now.

Today there is greater respect for older people and more understanding of the ageing process. Maybe it is because we are living longer and people are more used to those with age-related mental health problems, or perhaps it’s because celebrities have spoken out about


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