5. Tony Husband
Creative from the tip of his head to his northern roots – he was born in Blackpool – cartoonist Tony Husband shows no sign of letting up as he approaches his seventies. His spare, witty drawings have appeared in virtually all of our national newspapers and magazines, and following the death of his dad Ron in 2011 Tony has turned his considerable wit and skill to raising awareness of dementia.
Ron lived with vascular dementia for his last few years and in this podcast Tony tells me what his dad’s experience has taught him about the power of creativity, humour and music to connect with others. Most of all, he says, it’s shown him that no matter what dementia stole from his dad, he always remained just that, his dad.
Tony mentions his work with the Exeter branch of Dementia Action Alliance. The alliance has just moved from dementiaaction.org.uk (the website I gave) to nationaldementiaaction.org.uk, though all relevant information can still be found on the old website. You can buy Tony’s cartoon book Take Care, Son: The Story of my Dad and his Dementia from Amazon. And, as ever, for more help and support for anyone affected by dementia you can visit dementiauk.org and alzheimers.org.uk
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