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Dementia from the Inside

A doctor's personal journey of hope

Jennifer Bute and Louise Morse

Dementia from the Inside

A doctor's personal journey of hope

Jennifer Bute and Louise Morse


Jennifer Bute was a highly qualified senior doctor in a large clinical practice, whose patients included those with dementia. Then she began to notice symptoms in herself. She was finally given a diagnosis of Young Onset Dementia in 2009. 

After resigning as a GP, she resolved to explore what could be done to slow the progress of dementia. The aim of this practical book is to help people who are living with dementia and to give hope to those who are with them on the dementia journey.

Jennifer believes that her dementia is an opportunity as well as a challenge. Her important insights are that the person ‘inside’ remains and can be reached, even when masked by the condition, and that spirituality rises as cognition becomes limited. 

‘The words 'glorious opportunity’ and ‘dementia’ don’t sit easily together yet somehow listening to Jennifer’s story they make perfect sense. Since her diagnosis with early onset dementia a decade ago, she has given hope to thousands with the condition, and their carers, not merely by her insightful coping strategies, but by showing us a new perspective. For Jennifer, ‘glorious opportunity’ has less to do with the power of positive thinking, rather it is an expression of her faith in the power of Christ in all of life’s circumstances.’ Chris Halls, Lecturer in Theology at Formission College and SWMTC (South West Ministry Training Course), Member of University of Exeter Multi-Faith Chaplaincy team

‘The observant physician shines through in Dr Bute's book, while her practical advice reveals the resourcefulness of an inventor. Alzheimer’s disease has surely met one of its toughest ever adversaries!’Peter Garrard, Professor of Neurology, University of London

‘Many assume that living with dementia is one long term steady decline. Jennifer’s insightful book debunks that myth.’Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society

'It has been a privilege to count Jennifer Bute among my friends; she is a remarkable woman and this has never been more evident than the way in which she has faced her life with young onset dementia. With self-deprecating humour, and a touching vulnerability, Jennifer tells her story in a way which will inspire and help those who are dealing with dementia themselves or in the life of others. Central to the story is Jennifer’s very practical Christian faith. She has placed her trust in God and she sees his hand at work in situations where many of us might be tempted to despair. There is an awful lot packed into a few pages.'Eddie Arthur is a missionary, theologian, former director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK.

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    Dementia from the Inside

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    Jennifer Bute and Louise Morse

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    Anxiety & Mental Health

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