My own experience of dementia involved seeing my Granny live with the illness for the last years of her life. We were hundreds of miles away so when we went to visit we could see the steady decline that she was going through; we were never sure what we would be arriving to. The time I have been working at tide has already given me an increased awareness of what she and other members of my family who lived closer and were involved in her care were going through.
My passion for history has taught me that the most significant social changes happen when people who have been ignored and denied their agency and autonomy come together collectively to improve their conditions. I am optimistic that tide can be part of ensuring that the incredibly difficult, emotional work of caring for someone with dementia is given the recognition it deserves.