Interview Dagblad van het Noorden

“Watten in het Hoofd” is the Dutch equivalent of the saying “Cotton Wool in my Head”. It was the title of a newspaper article featuring an interview with Jacques Boersma, emeritus professor of Knowledge Management at the University of Groningen, who, in 2010, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Published in 2011 in the local newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden, the interview was actually an introduction to a series of columns in which Jacques describes his day-to-day experiences as an Alzheimer patient. With this he had “struck gold”, given the many positive reactions. In 2012 a collection of his columns was published, beautifully illustrated and with a number of poems included as well. Its Dutch title translates to: “Cotton Wool in my Head: a first person account of Alzheimer's”. Please order your personal copy of the English language version today.

We started the “Cotton Wool in my Head” foundation to build on this remarkable collection of personal experiences. What does it mean to live with increasing limitations to your cognitive abilities? What happens to you when it eventually develops into a type of dementia? How do you cope with an Alzheimer diagnosis? How do people look at you and how do you respond to that? But also: what do we know about the disease, what can we do to fight it, is it effective at all and how does that make you feel? It’s all about communicating the personal experience, bringing it to life. 

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