• Jocey QuinnEmail author
  • Claudia Blandon
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning book series (PSAELL)


In this chapter we present our book as an agent of change. We argue against the dominant use of memory, which traps people with dementia and their families in the past. Instead, participatory approaches to learning should be built into all forms of dementia care. We show how our posthumanist perspective has revealed meaningful moments of learning. Rather than being a wasteland for learning, and an absence in lifelong learning agendas, dementia is presented as a site where learning can and should happen as a right. We conclude by arguing that we cannot afford to consign millions of people with dementia and their families to waste. By recognising, fostering and resourcing lifelong learning in dementia a huge contribution to a sustainable planet could be made.


Memory Dementia Sustainability Participatory learning Potentia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plymouth Institute of EducationPlymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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