Christine Bryden was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. A single mother with 3 girls, as well as Senior Executive to Australia's Prime Minister, she has since married, published 2 books and become a grandmother. Six years into her dementia, see her talk about what it feels like and what you can do to help.
Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, Christine wrote her first book, "Who Will I Be When I Die?" (published by HarperCollins in 1998 under her maiden name of Boden, with a revised edition by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2012). Since then, she has been a strong advocate for people with dementia, addressing conferences around the world and appearing in the media.
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Mrs. Bryden published "Dancing with Dementia" under her new married name. This was in response to many requests for updates on her new life in the slow lane of dementia. In fact it was commissioned by the Japanese publisher of her first book, for launch at the international conference in Kyoto. It talks of how she met Paul, and describes what it is like to have dementia and what you can do to help.
Mrs. Bryden now has lived long enough -- defying all medical expectations - to become a grandmother. Life in the slow lane of dementia has become fulfilling in so many ways.
- Australian Aged Care Quality Agency