Why dementia becomes a family issue


Dr. Noel Collins has learned that most distress for people with dementia doesn’t come from the absence of some magic bullet. It comes from the challenges associated with care.

As an older adult psychiatrist, Dr Collins has vast experience in the field of dementia as a specialism within gerontology.

Gerontology is the study of ageing. We think about ageing as being a purely biological process. Actually, as we age, we’re influenced by many non-biological things; by social policy, by the law, by finances, and that also includes dementia. Dr Collins looks at dementia through a more sociological lens than a medical one.

He is the co-author of ‘The D-Word: Rethinking Dementia’, which covers the insights Dr Collins acquired from six years’ running a memory clinic. Dr Collins wrote the book with Mary Collins, who appeared in episode 28 of the Podcast.

You can listen to Noel’s interview here on episode 042 of The Retirement Café Podcast.


Useful links

Email Neil or Mary

The D-Word: Rethinking Dementia – available on Amazo

Episode 005: The Big D – Why Dementia is not a death sentence, with Dr Ben Hicks

Episode 028: Rethinking dementia – why society must adapt, with Mary Jordan

Episode 015: How to choose a care home, with Hollie Clarke

Episode 040: Navigating the care system, with Jacqueline Berry


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