Where Memories Go - Why Dementia Changes Everything

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01Warning Signs2014020320190107 (BBC7)
20190108 (BBC7)

'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird's whole life was a celebration of words – words that she fought to retain until the very end. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, the working-class Scot was known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and historians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times. This is both a call to arms, a poignant account of what makes us human, and a portrait of what it is really like to lose a loved one day by day.

In today's episode: the early but frighteningly tell-tale signs of dementia emerge on a trip to Mull.

Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson: Sally Magnusson is a Scottish broadcaster and writer, currently working as the presenter of Reporting Scotland for BBC Scotland. Her father is the late broadcaster and writer Magnus Magnusson.

Sally Magnusson reads the moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Sally Magnusson reads a moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia.

02Facing Up2014020420190108 (BBC7)
20190109 (BBC7)

'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird's whole life was a celebration of words – words that she fought to retain until the very end. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, the working-class Scot was known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and politicians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times.

In today's episode: despite the tell-tale warning signs, Sally and her family are still doing their best to ignore the truth.

Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson reads the moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

02The Death Of A Husband2014020520190109 (BBC7)
20190110 (BBC7)

'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, Mamie Baird was a pioneering journalist, known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, for her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and politicians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times.

In today's episode: the death of a beloved husband, and Mamie's struggle to grieve.

Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson reads the moving memoir of her mother's long struggle with dementia.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

03Consolation In Forgetting2014020620190110 (BBC7)
20190111 (BBC7)

'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, Mamie Baird was a pioneering journalist, known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, for her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and politicians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times.

In today's episode: Sally sees that there is sometimes consolation in forgetting.

Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson reads the moving account of her mother's struggle with dementia.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

03The Death Of A Husband20140205
04Consolation In Forgetting20140206
04Facing Up20140204
05A Peaceful End2014020720190111 (BBC7)
20190112 (BBC7)

'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, Mamie Baird was a pioneering journalist, known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, for her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and politicians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times.

Today: a peaceful end amongst family.

Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson reads the heart-rending account of her mother's struggle with dementia.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres