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Telling Tales about Dementia: Experiences of Caring
Edited by Lucy Whitman Foreword by Joanna Trollope
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers £14.99 ISBN: 978 1 84310 941 9
Special event for LGBT History Month
Reading at Age Concern Camden
Great Croft Resource Centre
Kings Cross WC1H 8LF
On Saturday 6 February 2.30 – 4.30pm
Further information on 020 7121 3335
On Saturday 6 February at 2.30pm, as part of Camden LGBT History Month,
there will be a reading by lesbian and gay contributors to a new book, Telling Tales About Dementia, which is edited by Lucy Whitman. In this unique anthology, thirty carers from a variety of backgrounds describe their experiences of looking after a partner, parent or friend with dementia.
The collection is particularly significant because, perhaps for the first time in a book of this kind, the experiences of lesbians and gay men who have been caring for someone with dementia are vividly illustrated by half a dozen different contributions – a testimony to the dictum ‘gay or straight, dementia does not discriminate’.
At this event, some of the lesbians and gay men who have contributed to the book will read extracts from their chapters, followed by a discussion about the issues which are faced by LGBT people affected by dementia. Contributors taking part include:
Rachael Dixey, who is caring for her partner Irene who has early onset dementia
Brian Baylis, who cared for his friend Timothy, and who encountered both hostility from Timothy’s family, and a complete lack of awareness from service providers about the needs of LGBT people with dementia
Maria Jastrzębska, whose poetry is well-known in both lesbian and poetry circles, both of whose parents had dementia
Roger Newman MBE, who cared for his partner David, and co-founded the Alzheimer’s Society LGBT Carers Group
Lucy Whitman, who edited the collection, whose mother had dementia. Lucy is a writer and activist, formerly a prolific contributor to magazines such as Spare Rib, Lesbian London etc.
The event will be chaired by Sally Knocker, Director of Communications at the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA).