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a mystery of minds



If all reference to 'god' in this work was replaced by some other term, between 'conscience', and 'inner self' and 'heart' and 'mind' then it might be a near perfect expression of my understanding of life and it's 'purpose' (which to me is between nothing and everything) Whereas a religious believer would attribute the understanding to an external source, I would say it comes from within. Reading, reflection and conversation are all I need to work towards some tentative understanding of the human condition.


The work of the Bradford dementia group based on the work of Tom Kitwood, may revolutionise care of the elderly mentally infirm, as their new interpretation of the ageing mind penetrates our aging society. My godmother began to suffer from Alzheimer's disease early in her life, and therefore lived for many years with it's effects before she died. My own mother's mind is as sound as a bell. Yet my work last year in a care home showed me that much care for this vulnerable group is inadequate and pressures of time and resources often obstruct the nurturing of what is left of the person (true memories, emotions, a need for respect and identity and a capacity for personhood) as their cognitive ability declines.


This page gives something of a sense of Kitwood's philosophy:

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Uploaded on November 3, 2006