After her father’s death from dementia, the writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean, for those who live with it, and those who care for them? What does it tell us about memory, language, identity, ageing and the notion of what it truly means to care? How do we begin to value those who become old, invisible, forgotten? What do we owe them and each other as humans? What, in the end, really matters? What, as the title of her book asks, does dementia teach us about love?
Nicci Gerrard is author of the book What Dementia Teaches Us About Love; and in partnership with her husband she is the celebrated novelist Nicci French.