In memory of Richard Taylor PhD

A message from all at Alzheimer's Disease International

28 July 2015 - It is with sadness, but also deep appreciation for all he has done, that we inform you that Richard Taylor PhD passed away at home from cancer on Saturday 25 July 2015.

Many of our member associations would have first met Richard and his wife Linda at our 2009 International Conference in Singapore where he was a plenary speaker. This resulted in a number of invitations from our members asking Richard to come and speak in their countries. Despite his dementia, (probably of the Alzheimer’s type – as he used to begin each of his talks), Richard retained his ability to communicate and articulate his feelings and interact with his audience in a most profound way. He spoke with passion and conviction and was a great orator. 

Richard’s legacy and gift was his ability to make us appreciate that we should look at the person From the Inside Out and not just look at the disease, that every person living with dementia is still an individual. Richard was instrumental in helping establish Dementia Alliance International (DAI), an international network of people with dementia that provides a unified voice of strength, advocacy and support in the fight for individual autonomy and improved quality of life. DAI are now working in official partnership with ADI to represent, support, and educate others living with dementia. Richard also wrote books, blogs and emails and was passionate but also critical when he felt it necessary. 

Richard worked closely with ADI over the years, particularly with relation to the I Can! I Will! section of the ADI website. It was Richard who campaigned tirelessly for an annual meeting of people living with dementia at ADI’s conferences, and it is Richard’s legacy that will continue to inspire others to follow in his footsteps and continue to speak up and speak out. The global dementia community is mourning his loss, and ADI and DAI extend their deepest sympathy to Richard’s wife and family.

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