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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

When dementia strikes early

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Meditation and prayer for Good Friday on BBC Radio 2

Keith Oliver is a friend of our Anna Chaplaincy training and development lead, Julia Burton-Jones. She suggested he might like to feature in the Good Friday radio programme At the Foot of the Cross. Keith’s story is woven into that of Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion:

Peter’s denial of Jesus is a powerful message about having full trust in Christ. Peter uses denial to protect himself from the truth as many of us do during tough times. Keith was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s aged 54 while working as a primary school headteacher. He was in extreme shock when he was diagnosed and he’s had to adapt to changes in his personality. Keith has experienced denial at his new reality, but his faith has allowed him to come to a place of acceptance and allows him to give a voice to those living with dementia.

Listen from 7.00 pm on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 15 April and later on BBC Sounds.




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