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Personhood survives memory loss

Angela Tilby

by Angela Tilby

Posted: 19 May 2017 @ 12:04

STUDIES show that most people fear dementia more than they fear cancer. This is partly because so much about dementia is unknown, and there is no treatment, while cancer research has produced a wealth of information and tried-and-tested therapies.

But the true horror of dementia is about its effects on the personality: the loss of memory that leads so often inexorably to a loss of a sense of self. People with dementia fade away before they die, often experiencing severe confusion and ...

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