Monthly Archives: August 2014

Why was someone with dementia called a ‘lunatic’?

Many people are surprised and troubled to find that a person with a diagnosis of senile dementia was labelled a ‘lunatic’. But this was actually quite common. The word lunatic had a legal meaning. Anyone who was admitted to a … Continue reading

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The History of Senile Dementia: FAQ

If you watched Secrets from the Asylum on ITV1, you will have seen me chatting away to actress Claire Sweeney about her ancestor, John Sweeney. ┬áHe was admitted to Ballamona Asylum on the Isle of Man with a diagnosis of … Continue reading

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