Christine Bryden

Christine Bryden

Christine Bryden was only 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia in 1995 after experiencing symptoms of what she thought was stress, including terrible headaches, which is why she had a brain scan that showed the brain damage was already well under way. The prognosis was horrific, and she was told she had only a few years left before needing to go into residential aged care, and that she would die a few years later. Since her diagnosis, she has gone on to become a world leader in advocating for people living with dementia. She is also a highly accomplished author, writing four books about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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