We need a revolution in dementia care, neither exclusively psychosocial nor exclusively biomedical, but a change of mind – a metanoia – a conversion or change of life that leads to action

Julian C. Hughes is a consultant in old age Psychiatry in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and honorary Professor of Philosophy of ageing at the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. He studied Philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His writings and research focus on philosophical and ethical issues raised in connection with ageing and dementia.

He has served on committees or working parties of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

He has published a number of edited, co-edited or co-authored books. Most recently, in 2011, he has written Thinking Through Dementia and also Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: The Facts, which have both been published by Oxford University Press.