What is it like to live with dementia?

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia after heart disease, and the leading cause of death among women.

Two per cent of Australians are living with the condition, which can have a devastating impact on quality of life. But where there’s life there’s hope.

Social affairs editor Jewel Topsfield’s exploration of what it’s like to live with dementia is one of a number of explainers that appear in a new book from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald called Explain That: 31 Intriguing Reasons Why.

The book answers some of life’s most fascinating questions including whether time travel is possible, and how the Australian accent developed. Explain That is available in bookstores now.

Today on Please Explain, Jewel joins Bianca Hall to discuss the realities and misconceptions of living with dementia.

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