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Abstract

What is it to be "authentic" or true to yourself? What is it to be a "citizen"? Although these ideas are complicated, they are also straightforward aspects of our lives: we naturally try to be true to ourselves and we are naturally part of a community. But these things can also be difficult, especially when our very sense of self is under threat, which it can be for people living with dementia. If we find ourselves living in a care home, our authentic selves and our participation as citizens comes under even more threat. I shall talk about these issues and about a small study we have done looking at how an artist contributed to authenticity and citizenship in a care home in the North East of England.

Biography

Julian C. Hughes is RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry in the University of Bristol, honorary consultant at the Royal United Hospital Bath and in the Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Trust. He is also currently Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

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Richard Doll Seminar - Some contemporary insights into cardio-vascular risk

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 1pm to 3pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

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Thursday, 27 June 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - The ASPREE Study: The use of aspirin in older people without cardiovascular disease

Monday, 01 July 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

NPEU Research Seminar - Women and cardiovascular disease: an odd couple?

Tuesday, 09 July 2019, 10.30am to 11.30am @ Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF