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Sir Ian Botham speaks candidly about how he coped with his father's Alzheimer's disease. Sally Magnusson investigates new concerns about poor standards of care for people with dementia. And Fiona Phillips discovers how beautiful old Cumbrian photographs are helping to reawaken memories.

29 minutes

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Mon 13 Oct 2014 19:30

Sir Ian Botham on dementia

Sir Ian Botham on dementia

Former cricketer Sir Ian Botham has been speaking about his father's dementia and how difficult it was to cope with the deteriorating condition. 

He told BBC Inside Out's Chris Jackson how he hired a private jet to take his father, Leslie, on holiday which would be his final trip abroad. But the experience proved to be painful and distressing. 

When Leslie became a patient in a care home, Sir Ian said he found the experience increasingly difficult and eventually decided to stop visiting his father.  

Watch the interview on the BBC News website.

Photo therapy for dementia

Photo therapy for dementia

Fiona Phillips visits the Lake District to see how photographs taken in the area for a local paper more than 70 years ago are being used to help people with dementia.

Joseph Hardman's photographs chronicled a now forgotten way of rural life.

The collection of more than 5,000 glass plate negatives are now being used by the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in reminiscence therapy sessions for people with dementia.

Read the full story on the BBC News Magazine website.

Watch a video feature from the BBC News website.

Dementia care

Dementia care

BBC Inside Out examines the weaknesses in the quality of training and care on offer to people with dementia in care homes and hospitals.

This week, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its inspection report, Cracks in the Pathway, which found dementia care is variable in some care homes and hospitals in England.

Watch a video feature from this Inside Out film on the BBC News website


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Jackson
Participant Ian Botham
Reporter Sally Magnusson
Reporter Fiona Phillips
Editor Jacqui Hodgson


  • Mon 13 Oct 2014 19:30