Walking the walk

From the February/March 2017 issue of our magazine, Jim Murrell, from our Dementia Knowledge Centre, highlights more books written by people with the condition for Dementia together magazine.

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Books written by people with dementia

Walk the walk, talk the talk is bolstered not only by a selection of talks Keith has given, but also with input from people around him.

Like Helga Rohra, Keith Oliver, Kate Swaffer and Christine Bryden have all been prominent activists since being diagnosed with young-onset dementia.

Keith's moving and encouraging story - Walk the walk, talk the talk - is bolstered not only by a selection of talks he has given, but also with input from people around him.

Kate's straight-talking memoir, What the hell happened to my brain?, confronts both the demands of living with dementia and how society treats those who are affected.

Welcome to our world is an earlier collection of memories and stories written by members of the Forget Me Nots group in Kent, which includes Keith. These accounts are full of honesty and good humour about reminiscence and coping with dementia.

Walk the walk, talk the talk by Keith Oliver

Christine was a high-flying official in the Australian government at the time she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, aged 46, more than 20 years ago. She has gone on to write three books that champion self-advocacy.

Her first two - Dancing with dementia and Who will I be when I die? - describe her approach to tackling the condition and its progression, while her most recent title, Nothing about us, without us!, is a collection of her talks and presentations.

  • Walk the walk, talk the talk by Keith Oliver, (Forget Me Nots, 2016), 356 pages, £5, ISBN: 9780993074219.
  • Welcome to our world by the Forget Me Nots group (Forget Me Nots, 2014),140 pages, £5, ISBN 9780993074202.
  • Dancing with dementia by Christine Bryden, (Jessica Kingsley, 2005), 200 pages, £13.99, ISBN: 9781843103325.
  • What the hell happened to my brain? by Kate Swaffer, (Jessica Kingsley, 2016), 392 pages, £13.99, ISBN: 9781849056083.
  • Who will I be when I die? by Christine Bryden,(Jessica Kingsley, 2012), 176 pages, £13.99, ISBN: 9781849053129.
  • Nothing about us, without us! by Christine Bryden, (Jessica Kingsley, 2015), 304 pages, £15.99, ISBN: 9781849056717.

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