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A day or two later, I was delighted to receive news that my mum, now in care, had had her hair done for the first time in over a year. To most people, that would mean nothing, except perhaps a moment’s recoil that it had been left for so long. But for her and for me it was a hugely significant event.
So please, all you academics doing such wonderful research and commissioners reading those reports - don’t lose sight of what it’s for. Resist the mantra of Gradgrind, the authoritarian teacher in Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’, who advocated “Facts, Sir; nothing but facts”; and remember that, for those with dementia, feelings and imagination are often the only truths.