Diagnosed with dementia… Oh, and still a human being

imagesThere are many surprises after a diagnosis of dementia, and I was chatting about some of them Monday night with friends from the UK. One of the most common is the ‘friends’ who disappear after they find our we have dementia.
A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the telephone by one of the producers of the SBS television program Insight in preparation for the filming of it last week, and the final question I was asked is this: What has surprised me the most since being diagnosed with dementia?
Sadly, it did not take me long to answer this question, and I answered saying:

The one thing that has surprised me the most is man’s inhumanity to man …

Why have we been systematically locked away and/or ignored as if we are not human beings once we are diagnosed with dementia?
I have often said I have often felt like I am…

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