Sue Pieters-Hawke: “Most of what we think we know about dementia is wrong”
I was having a fascinating conversation recently with an aged care historian about how, if you look back in history, people have always ‘other-ed’ people with certain conditions by separating them out from being ‘amongst us’ in society. ‘Warehousing’ the elderly, disabled, the poor, the ‘other’, is nothing new.
And when it comes to dementia, I think we’ve inherited and perpetuate a set of beliefs that are almost medieval. The way that we ‘other-ise’ people who don’t feel familiar or comfortable or safe to us.