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Aus. Anglican priest: "Dementia patients can still seek meaning in life"

Posted on: August 27, 2014 4:16 PM
Dr MacKinlay's spiritual reminisce process is about helping people with dementia get in touch with who they are and their whole identity
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By Yvette Batten North Taranaki Midweek

People with dementia can still find purpose in life.

It's something Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay, a professor of theology at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and an Anglican priest, has researched and firmly believes.

She was in New Plymouth to host a full-day workshop last week on aging and spirituality, particularly spiritual reminisce for people with dementia.

"People who have dementia are still human beings but often feel disempowered and unable to talk normally with others."

Dr MacKinlay said the spiritual reminisce process was developed in the last 10 years.

"This is not a therapy per se but it's working with the spiritual dimension to help people to find meaning in their life experiences.

"This becomes important for people as they grow older and it's just as important for people who have dementia."

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