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Professor John Swinton presents Reimagining Dementia: Whose memory counts?

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Manchester Cathedral is delighted to welcome Professor John Swinton to deliver the annual Bishop Wickham Lecture.

Dementia is a deeply challenging human experience. It is clear from the literature that people fear dementia more than they fear cancer. Why is this? The answer is because we somehow feel that if we lose our memory we lose ourselves. However, this is a theological mistake. We are not what we remember.

This presentation will explore an alternative understanding of dementia and offer a model of relational development that enables people with dementia and those who care for them to live well even in the midst of the challenges.

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Professor John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland who for more than a decade worked as a registered nurse specialising in psychiatry and learning disabilities.

Professor Swinton has published widely within the area of practical theology, disability theology, qualitative research and pastoral care. His book Dementia won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing ( http://www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk/).

The Archbishop of Canterbury Right Rev. Justin Welby described the book thus:

"John has written a book which is deeply challenging and brings to bear a coherent theological approach, with clinical background and understanding, to an issue that has touched many of us, and is one of the great issues of our society. He has done the church and our country a huge service."

John is married with five children and lives in the city of Aberdeen

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