Created Out of Mind presents Talking Life, a series of podcast conversations with a person, or people, experiencing a dementia about their relationships with topics such as beauty, willpower, purpose, connection, and sleep. This series aims to engage listeners in collective conversations with people experiencing dementias about everyday subjects, challenging them to reconsider their initial assumptions about dementia. Presented by Susanna Howard, Music by Hannah Peel and edited by Erland Cooper. Created Out of Mind is a team aiming to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts. They are the second residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection.
Episode 1 - Purpose
Rukiya Mukadam’s sense of purpose has always been centred on family. Since being diagnosed with a dementia, she feels her purpose is now to raise more awareness of dementia, both in her community and society in general. Rukiya lives with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Episode 2- Obsession
Ronan Smith’s ambition and work ethic have driven his professional life, which is still a huge part of his identity. Now this drive has manifested itself in his dementia advocacy work. Ronan lives with Familial Alzheimer’s Disease (fAD).
Episode 3 - Prejudice and Discrimination
Mike Parish and partner Tom Hughes’ experiences as part of the LGBT community have shaped their lives and are still very much part of their identity. Tom lives with a dementia caused by HIV-associated neurological disorder (HAND).
Episode 4 - Self-expression
Tracey Shorthouse is resolved to live positively with dementia. She decided not to shy away from expressing her experiences and writing became a powerful vehicle for her to share her voice. Tracey lives with an early-onset dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA).
Episode 5 - Willpower
Veronica Williams-Laing’s willpower got her through tougher times when she came to the UK at nine years old, and she has harnessed this in the face of dementia.
Episode 6 - Beauty
Joycelyn Grieves has always had pride in her home and appearance and this remains a big part of her life. She continues to find beauty in all aspects of life.