08 Jan '18, 9am

It Changed My Life: Author, activist & poet living with dementia

It started in 2006, when Ms Kate Swaffer was 47. Every now and then, the former nurse who was then doing a double degree in psychology and creative writing would find herself not knowing how to spell simple words like "that". She'd also mix up her colours and get lost in places she used to know like the back of her hand. She went to a neurologist, suspecting that it might have something to do with the neurosurgery she had the year before to correct a condition called chiari malformations, where brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. The neurologist asked if she wanted memory testing to determine if she had dementia. She refused at first but relented when things did not improve several months down the road. One year and a couple more tests later, she was diagnosed with semantic dementia, a type of frontotemporal dementia. It is a progressive disorder of the brain which...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/author-activist-and...

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