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The first of two ‘background information’ contributions comes from Rayne Stroebel, our specialist on dementia. Zeroing in on the challenges of dementia takes us to one very specific aspect of ageing – and one that perhaps demands the most immediate attention in resolving the shortage of long-term care solutions. Reading Rayne’s discussion, we get an acute sense of the human dimensions involved in these deliberations.
 
My mother has been diagnosed with dementia. We’ve spoken to so many people and organisations, but no one seems to have any answers. You’re our last resort. Can you help?
 
As a consultant to families of people living with dementia, I regularly get calls like this from people trying to find support for an elderly family member. This often comes after an incident: the family member has lashed out, got lost or been very distressed, and the family can no longer cope with the stress…


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