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Publication Date: 15 Nov 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 192
Author: Jennifer Bute
ISBN-13: 9780281080694, 9780281080700

Dementia from the Inside

A doctor's personal journey of hope
By Jennifer Bute
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Dr Jennifer Bute, FRCGP, is a distinguished former General Practitioner. In 2009 she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and has since learned valuable ways of coping and helping others with the condition.

Her primary conviction is that living with faith in Jesus means there is joy, even in dementia. But what does it feel like to have dementia, and what can help?

Jennifer believes that her dementia is an opportunity as well as a challenge. When she resigned as a GP, she resolved to explore what could be done to slow the progress of dementia, and to help people living with it. Inspired by the work of neuroscientist Professor Kawashima that showed significant cognitive recovery in patients with dementia, she adopted the principles of his approach and has produced materials for the ‘Japanese Memory Groups’ that she runs in the dementia-inclusive village where she now lives.

Jennifer is in demand as a speaker, both in secular and Christian settings. Her important insights are that the person remains and can be reached even when masked by the condition, and that spirituality rises as cognition becomes limited.

Louise Morse is a cognitive behavioral therapist and researches and writes about dementia and people living with it. She works for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society and is also a broadcaster and speaker.
About the Author
DR JENNIFER BUTE, was a senior doctor in the largest clinical practice in Southampton where she helped diagnose and manage the care of patients with dementia. She was also a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, teaching medical students and doctors, before developing dementia herself. She lives in a dementia inclusive village.

Louise Morse works with the Pilgrims’ Friend Society, is a speaker and has a background in journalism. She is author of Could it be Dementia? (2008), Worshipping with Dementia (2010:), Dementia: Frank and Linda’s Story, (2010) Dementia: Pathways to Hope (2015) and What’s Age Got to Do with It? (2018).

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