On the road again…

The last couple of months, I’ve been grappling with various non dementia and dementia health issues, and had been quieter than usual. Anyway, I’ve decided to go back into my denial bubble for a while, and hence I’m on the road again! 

On Monday, I visited Port Augusta, invited by the Nerrilda Nursing Home, and supported by Calvary Community Care, the Port Augusta Council and the Narilda Auxillary.  Vanessa Kirkham initiated this trip, and I’ve found a great new friend. I suspect had we met 40 years ago, we would have got up to much mischief, just like I did and still do with my first ever nursing girlfriend Jacinta Lynch! 

Vanessa reminded me of the wonderful Sir Laurence Olivier quote, posted here in my last blog from YouTube.

You can read a little bit about my visit here… http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/4953101/kates-commitment-to-improving-dementia-care/

I’m now in Taipei in my ADI SE Regional Ambassador role, working with them towards implementing the Global Action Plan for Dementia, and setting up a Dementia Working group. I’ll report on that via DAI when we get home, but the highlight today was meeting with the President, who herself has been focused on human rights for some time, hence her interest in meeting me, and decision to find the time for it.

Ps Willie Nelsons song, the same name as this blog, is one on my favourites!

27 thoughts on “On the road again…

  1. Glad it posted(hopefully)! Anyway, ill write my message now…
    Oh Kate, you poor thing!You deserve a holiday and i would reccomend maybe Gold Coast-Gold Coast is my fav place-it is beautiful-stunning beaches, lovely walks, fabulous hotels, fantastic resturants, wounderful tram transport, sensational views, great shopping, and just a picturesque place overall! Sorry if i have typed it many times-just had problems and pressed the button too much!!!If your every in Auckland, your more than welcome to stay or we can meet up xx๐Ÿ˜Š


      • Hi Kate,
        thx 4 yr reply-i didnt realise, and yes i certainly agree with your idea of “accepting” and”declining” comments, because some comments are silly-take care


    • Definetly!A coffee and lunch would be fantastic!I will make a trip over just for you! You are more than welcome to have my email address – Let me know if your ever in Auckland. Will you be in Auckland soon? Lots of love and take care


  2. Oh Kate-you poor thing!U deserve a holiday soon and you are honestly one of the most inspirational people i know and your amazing and awesome!I would reccomend to go to the Gold Coast for a holiday-my fav place-beautiful beaches, the theme parks, gorgeous weather, lovely motels/hotels and a stunning place overall! If your ever in Auckland, i would love to meet you and your more than welcome to stay๐Ÿ˜ŠLooking forward to meeting you too!x๐Ÿ˜Š


  3. Oh Kate-i am so sorry to hear that you have had a tough couple of months and i hope your non-dementia health issues are improving-enjoy your visit and you deserve the best and so thrilled that you made a new friend-i want to meet you one day and hopefully be your friend-enjoy the rest of your trip!Take care wonderful lady๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


  4. I am so pleased to hear Kate that you are on the road again and i hope your non-dementia health issues are improving and i am really glad you are on a holiday kate-just what you deserve and i am so glad you have made a new friend-friends are so precious-take care๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


    • Hi Sam, it wasn’t a holiday, but rather some work in Taipei, which was extremely busy but I think successful. I was reminded I’ve not had a holiday for over 7 years! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ผ


      • Oh you poor thing!You need a holiday soon-i reccomend going to the Gold Coast-my fav place!Beautiful beaches, theme parks, beautiful walks, and a stunning place in general! Your the most amazing person i know!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘


  5. Dear Kate,
    I had the pleasure of talking with you at the recent webinar and meeting others with dementia also young. It meant a lot to me to talk with others who had lived experiences in common with mine. I felt a kindred spirit. I shared my own accounts with others who were not dismissive or sought to minimise my concerns, people who listened and heard. I have been reading your book “What the hell happened to my brain” and have more direction on how to advocate for myself towards better health and living, whether it’s dementia or not. Thanks to you and everyone who shared at the webinar for your simple profound support. Xxx


  6. As usual your blog is inspirational because of it’s” get up and go” message. Glad to see you are feeling better. looking forward to listening to you in Melbourne. Val Fell


  7. Kate – the global advocate for us all because
    Runs like slick across the sea
    Coating feathers
    Without Kate
    We will not feel
    The wind against our wings
    We will
    Be water bound
    With oil slick wings
    Crying piteously
    As we swim out to nowhere land.

    Teaches us all
    To fly again
    She heals her global flock
    To fly
    through a hope filled


  8. Sorry that you’ve had some health problems …. really sorry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I noticed you were keeping a low profile, and thought this may have been the reason – this time I’m really disappointed to be proven right! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Hope they don’t get you down …. I’m sure BUB is looking after you though {big hug}


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