Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human Responses #12

Medicated and Motivated – NOT!!!!!! Questioning the abusive practice of chemical restraint. Guest blog by Leah Bisiani MHLthSc/DipBus/RN.1/Dementia Consultant Republished with permission as part of my Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human Responses series for World Alzheimer’s Month… #BanBPSD  “Elder abuse is one of the vilest indicators of ageist discrimination within our current civilization. Whilst the concealed ignominy…

Something you get through, by Willie Nelson

Although the theme this month is specifically about the #BanBPSD campaign I am involved in, I needed a ‘Willie Nelson fix’ today, and wondered if anyone may as well. Dementia is not something you ‘get over’, but with the right support, it is something we can get though. Lyrics When you lose the one you…

Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human Responses #10

I really love this quote, and felt it quite relevant to this blog series about the need to #BanBPSD. Fronteirs in Neurology state: “Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), also known as neuropsychiatric symptoms, represent a heterogeneous group of non-cognitive symptoms and behaviors occurring in subjects with dementia.” Thankfully, at least in my opinion, there…

Rethinking Dementia: 30 Normal Human Responses #6

World Awareness Month 2018 is well underway and #DAI continues to run their daily series of #Hello my name is blogs to raise awareness of dementia and to share our members stories However, this month, I am maintaining focus on my #BanBPSD blog series. Hence, I have put together the following list! Whatever we do, whoever…

Lightening the tone…

This week for my #BanBPSD #WAM2018 blog series, the focus has been on disrupting the current care system in dementia. Some of the p posts have been a bit ‘heavy’, but, there has been much health debate about it on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and also here, which is healthy, and very encouraging. To lighten the…

Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human Responses #3

There is a distinct possibility the #BanBPSD campaign may already have been misconstrued as the banning of antipsychotics completely. It was never meant to be that; we all acknowledge many people need, and do benefit from antipsychotics, or other forms of medication, when prescribed appropriately. It is the over dispensing of them, as a form of…

Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human responses #2

Let’s STOP Pathologising Normal Human Responses For #WAM2018, and on day 3, I am continuing my series of blogs, highlighting why many other people also believe we need to BanBPSD. On June 9, 2018 Susan Macaulay wrote an open letter to members of the dementia community worldwide, highlighted below. She outlines what happened to her…

Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human Responses #1

Rethinking Dementia Care by Banning BPSD For World Alzheimer’s Month this year, #WAM2018, I will be focusing on why I, and a growing number of others believe we need to Ban BPSD (the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia). Six people, myself included wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Australian Journal of Dementia…