In the face of some adversity Dr Jennifer Bute has a tremendous appetite for life and thirst for knowledge, and a passion for sharing that knowledge with others. Sharp, intelligent, down to earth and modest, she became Hampshire’s first female Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners when she was already succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease. She also possesses a wonderfully dry sense of humour.
Dr Bute regards the dementia with which she was diagnosed in 2009 not as a life-shattering disaster but a gift – to use her words, “a glorious opportunity”. She is a remarkable individual with a strong Christian Faith.
She says that her condition has enriched her life because she now knows the condition, not just as a professional, or as a relative (her father also lived with dementia) but from the inside. In 2018 her book, Dementia From The Inside, A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope, was published and is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dementia-Inside-doctors-personal-journey/dp/0281080690/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=.
Her website http://www.gloriousopportunity.org/ contains a myriad of resources, including information on the fascinating Japanese Memory Groups that she runs at the dementia-inclusive retirement village where she lives in Somerset. Dr Bute also has a Facebook page, again called Glorious Opportunityhttps://www.facebook.com/gloriousopportunity. And for more about her you can also read an earlier blog I wrote about her here: