Critical Dementia Studies Network: Second Workshop

Event Date October 28, 2019 to October 29, 2019

The second workshop of the Critical Dementia Network took place at the end of October in Edinburgh. The two-day event heard from activists Agnes Houston MBE and Wendy Mitchell, author of ‘Somebody I Used To Know’, as well as seeing presentations by Maria Zubair (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths University).

Striking a Chord: Dementia and Song

Nirmal Puwar’s presentation focuses on song and music in familial and non-familial settings when caring for a person living with dementia. Nirmal has co-written an article on this subject with Prabhjot Parmar that was published in ‘Performance Research’ (2019).

Wendy Mitchell, Dementia Activist

Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014 aged 58. Since her diagnosis, Wendy has become a leading dementia activist and advocate.

What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

Wendy is author of the Sunday Times Best Seller, ‘Somebody I Used to Know’.

Agnes Houston MBE, Dementia Activitist,

Agnes Houston was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Dementia in 2006 at the age of 57. For more than a decade Agnes has campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives of people with dementia – especially in relation to sensory issues – and Dementia in Scotland. In 2015 she became an MBE and in 2016 was awarded a Churchill Fellow.

In 2019 Agnes published ‘Talking Sense: Living With Sensory Changes and Dementia’.