Introduction

Paul and Rosemary had been regular attenders at the Abergavenny Singing for the Brain (SftB). Paul is now 82 and was diagnosed with dementia six years ago, although Rosemary noticed that things were wrong long before that. As early as the 1980s, Rosemary noticed that having previously been a punctual man, his timings suddenly appeared ‘out’; he was often not leaving enough time to do things or to get to places: she thinks that he was covering things up for quite a while.

Since his twenties, Paul had been a man with responsibility; he was always in charge and as a successful academic and scientist, he was accustomed to taking the limelight. He was a professor and indeed the founder of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University.