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A Tribute to Dr. Richard Taylor: The Great Voice of Humanizing Dementia Care

By Meghana Giridhar
July 28

Dr. Richard Taylor, PhD, a retired Psychologist, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-type dementia in 2001. A champion for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and author of the book, “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out”, Dr. Taylor offered a rare glimpse into his journey as a doctor living with the disease. He demystified the disease and created a tremendous support circle that helped many speak up and be informed. He was passionate about counteracting Alzheimer’s stigmas and encouraging everyone to find purpose to live their lives to the fullest. Dr. Taylor was also a great advocate of a unique approach that he termed “humanizing dementia care”. He emphasized a change in attitude towards older people, especially those suffering from dementia. He was a pioneer in promoting sensitivity towards the care receiver as well as the caregiver. In his words, “I believe that as people progress with dementia, their humanity increases. People have to get ready for that humanity to be unleashed.” We had the privilege of interviewing him last year where he spoke extensively of the lessons the disease taught him and how he always keeps the flame of hope alive. He passed away on July 25th, 2015 from stage-three esophageal cancer. A leader in more ways than one, Dr. Richard Taylor will be missed and never forgotten. You can learn more about his remarkable philosophy by visiting his website, www.richardtaylorphd.com. His book, “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out” is available at www.richardtaylorphd.com/store/book.html. You can contribute to the Richard Taylor Memorial Fund by clicking this link. Visit this link to listen to eCareDiary’s Interview with Dr. Richard Taylor. Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team.  In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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