A diagnosis of dementia—whether for oneself or a loved one—can be deeply troubling. John Swinton says that’s because most people think that memory loss equals identity loss. In this episode, Swinton shows that we are more than who we remember ourselves to be.
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John Swinton is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Previously he worked as a nurse for 16 years, specializing in the areas of psychiatry and learning disability. He also spent a number of years working in the field of hospital chaplaincy. He is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland with a strong commitment to supporting the work of the church. He is the author of several publications on theology, ministry, and disability, including From Bedlam to Shalom, Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and Care of People with Mental Health Problems, and Dementia: Living in the Memories of God.