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Canon Geoffrey John Phillips


Canon Geoffrey John Phillips, born 1923 was a qualified solicitor but later re-trained as a priest in the Church of England. He served in England and abroad. We married in 1953. After retirement we came to live in the village of Bergh Apton where soon he became the chairman of the village hall, and joined in with all the varied activities of the village - Conservation Trust, Bergh Apton Society, local history group etc...

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Carers' perspective


Dementia is the result of diseases of the brain. There are many known diseases, many of which have variants. The effects of the disease, or combination of diseases on each individual are infinitely variable. The effects result from their general health, age, life experiences, ethnic backgrounds to name but a few. Below is one person’s unique experience and must not be considered typical because there is NO typical or general case...

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Professionals' perspective


One of my biggest joys in my career was facilitating a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) group for the first time (this is a therapy for people with dementia). It was a pleasure to see group member’s self-esteem grow, friendships being formed and having fun together. I couldn’t believe that something so simple could have such a massive impact on a person’s quality of life...

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Living with dementia


Cliff was born in Suffolk and describes a happy childhood. Throughout his adult life he worked as a road builder. He is married to Susan with four children, who are now all grown up with lots of grandchildren. They all remain a very close family. Cliff’s journey with dementia started some six years ago when he was diagnosed with probable Frontotemporal dementia. He had just retired and became very depressed, taking to his bed for six months...