Kate Swaffer is committed to meaningful dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders about the critical issues impacting a person living with a diagnosis of dementia and their loved ones,
and striving …
to be inspirational, motivated and positive; loving, adventurous, serious when I need to be; courteous, compassionate, kind, conscientious, courageous, thoughtful, honest, fun-loving, and attentive to detail. I also strive to be focused, to try to live an extraordinary life, to wear clean shoes and to use my manners.
Bio: Mother, Daughter, Wife, Friend; Poet, Blogger, Activist, Author, Speaker and Chef; PhD student University of Wollongong, Master’s of Science in Dementia Care (2014), BPsych, BA Writing and Creative Communication, Grad Dip in Grief Counselling, retired nurse.
Australian of the year, 2017, South Australia
University of Wollongong Alumni Social Impact Award, 2016
100 Women of Influence (Australia), 2016
I write to stay inspired, to share my thoughts, to remind me of who I really am, and to keep tabs on my life, my thoughts and my philosophies so that later on, I can remember what it is I was thinking or doing. I am creating my own memory bank. For me, the acquired habit of using social media such as Facebook has brought with it a discipline of making the effort to communicate! In fact social media is almost the only way to connect with others these days as few answer their mobile phones, even fewer answer their home phones if in fact they have one, and almost no-one has time for a coffee and a chat any more. It seems we are all too busy with our lives to talk to each other, and so this is my way of staying connected, even if it is just in cyberspace. For now, Creating life with words is my way of staying connected with myself and the rest of the world. Thank you for tuning in.
If you like cooking and eating, you can also wander over to the In The Kitchen Page for the global chat and new recipes that were added for Kick off 2012 with Project 366 a few years ago. Gluten Free recipes suitable for people with coeliac disease or who are gluten intolerant, and healthy recipes were showcased during that year. They are now being catalogued on my recipe blog, In The Kitchen.
I am living every day as if it’s my last, just in case it is. I urge you all to do the same!
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