Brace Bateman represents an average person living with dementia. He knows the sadness of discovering he has Alzheimer’s, and some joy as he companions other people living with Alzheimer’s. This companioning, initially and still now, comes from his ‘coming out’ to family, friends and the larger public. Brace is keen for us all to share in building a more compassionate, understanding, and accepting country especially for people living with dementia. Brace earned degrees in sociology and theology in his country of birth, the USA. In 1963, he left New York City and came to Australia for what was only going to be a six-month appointment. Since then he has returned only for holidays. Why? Because he loves Australia so much.
Extracted from Maggie's Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99 or NZ$45.00.
Photography © Dragan Radocaj