R.I.P. Peter Ashley

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 7.46.10 amIt is with great sadness that we inform you that a leading global dementia advocate Peter Ashley passed away on Tuesday 10 November 2015.

The members of Dementia Alliance International wish to pass on our condolences and deepest sympathy to Peter’s family and closer friends.

His advocacy has been significant; Peter is also acknowledged by Lisa Genova, in her book Still Alice as he was one of the people with dementia who contributed to her knowledge of the lived experience.

As a leading dementia advocate, and DAI member from the UK, many diagnosed for will have met him personally or online, and worked with him. Many of our members however may not have heard of Peter, and it is with thanks and a debt of gratitude that we remember him, as along with the late Richard Taylor and a few others, Peter was one of the first global advocates for people with dementia.

You can read the tribute to him on the Alzheimer’s Disease International website here. Peter also contributed to our weekly blog, which you can read here.

Those of us who are continuing to fly the flag as dementia advocates are greatly indebted to Peter, and we hope his family find some small sense of strength in the legacy he has left those of us also diagnosed with a dementia. R.I.P dear Peter.