The Death of a Husband
'If dementia were a country it would be the world's 18th largest economy, somewhere between Turkey and Indonesia.'
Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson reads her moving but searingly honest account of her mother Mamie Baird's long struggle with dementia. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, Mamie Baird was a pioneering journalist, known for her witty, outrageous and fun-loving stories, for her love of music and of life itself. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs that Sally and her sisters experienced while caring for their mother for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally seeks understanding from scientists, doctors, philosophers and politicians in the face of one of the greatest challenges of our times.
In today's episode: the death of a beloved husband, and Mamie's struggle to grieve.
Abridged by: Sara Davies
Produced by: Justine Willett
Reader: Sally Magnusson.