Ouch…

The quote below is the type of thing I read too often, written by a care partner about the person with dementia that they are supporting (love?). It’s one of literally millions of public posts similar to this one, that inspired my blog published yesterday. Ouch is probably an understatement. I’m sick of everything. Sick…

Ask yourself…

Hopefully this blog makes even a little bit of sense, although as I read and edit it, I’m a bit concerned. Anyway, my goal is for you to consider the first list, as if it were you. Ask yourself… When you’re having a bad day, are struggling to do something, or things are going wrong,…

Communicating with people with Aphasia

I recently put together a list of tips for communicating with people with aphasia (and dementia), which were published as part of a blog for Dementia Alliance International; I thought it would be useful posted here. It has become more important to me lately, as my language, speech and communication is changing, and I am…

ADA Singapore Symposium on Young Onset Dementia

I discovered this recording of a presentation I made in 2017 in Singapore online at 5am today… I was surprised as I don’t recall being asked if it was ok to record it, or upload it, but I’m not worried, as most things I have done in the #dementia space are out there anyway! Unbelievably,…

Human rights in aged care

The warehousing of our most vulnerable… older people who need assisted living, and people with dementia has consistently failed them. In Australia there is a Royal Commission into this; however I’d suggest the Coronavirus has highlighted this much more than the #ACRC. The current Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted this, perhaps more than ever before. Sadly,…

Stress is contagious

This interesting article published in the Harvard Busines Review, highlighted to me on Twitter by a friend Shibley Rahman @dr_shibley recently, titled Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress, (2015), has reminded me that our moods (and responses) affect others. It is especially important when someone has dementia, either living with others at home, or in…

Optimism: it’s worth the effort

Over the years I’ve written and spoken about optimism often, and whether it is something we are just born with, or like resilience, if it can also be a choice. I still believe it’s a choice, and is worth the effort it sometimes takes. In a blog Optimism and Dementia, published a couple of years…