Karen A. Bannister is a graduate student at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, studying the intersection between art, aging, and illness. She lives in Niagara Falls with her husband and two children.

Writing to Reclaim Identity in Dementia


As a young undergraduate student I worked with a gerontologist with Alzheimer’s disease. He was an impeccable story teller — sharing snapshots from his youth as a war refugee in Finland and from his early adulthood coming to Canada and skiing in many competitions. His wife wanted to preserve his memories to enjoy in the years to come. Each day that we met he told me story after story so that I could record them, first on a tape recorder and then on a computer...

Winter 2011 Issue

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