Just because you can’t see it…

You may not believe it, or see it, but people with dementia are still being Prescribed Disengagement®, and only supported to die, rather than to live positively. You may not believe it, but if you have a stroke, you will recieve rehabilitation, whereas if you are diagnosed with dementia, you won’t. You may not believe…

Inclusion… or exclusion?

We are well over half way through Dementia Awareness Month, and I’m tired, but continuing with my daily blog series, in an effort to create new thinking, and discussion. Some of the topics I’ve chosen are difficult to write about, like this one,. They may even cause offence to others, including causing dissent amongst some…

Activist and Activism: what do they mean?

In the last year or so, many people with and without dementia have started to document the history of what they perceive as dementia advocacy and/or activism. It almost feels like it is being done, as if to justify that the last more than two decades of advocacy have been worth it, and so I…

Rethinking Dementia Care by banning BPSD

Two years ago I published a series of blogs focused on the need to rethink dementia care, to reframe dementia entirely, on dementia as a major cause of disability, but most especially on the need to ban BPSD (Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia). The Coronavirus pandemic has almost proven BPSD is a false construct,…

Rehabilitation and Dementia: evidence and aspirations, by Lee-Fay Low

It is Day 3 of Dementia Awareness Month here, #DAM2020 and my blog is a recording of a presentation given by Assoc/Professor Lee-Fay Low on 15 August 2019. Lee-Fay is a friend and colleague helping to reframe dementia. I only saw the recording recently, and it’s given me much to think about, and to do!…

Rethinking Dementia, 2020

Apologies this post was accidentally published yesterday, when is was meant for today, day 2 of #DAM2020! Arrgghhhh! It is easy to hit the wrong button! Anyway, onto much more important things. The need for everyone to rethink dementia continues to be highlighted in the many stories of neglect, abuse, restraint and deaths in Residential…

Questioning…

An Australian organisation called Beyond Blue which is focused on supporting mental health said in a recent article it: “Recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern (BPSC-19) many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers some advice on how to look after your wellbeing.” Beyond Blue is…

Australia will need to say ‘Sorry’ (again!)

As the time to provide a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety draws to a close, I remain deeply concerned nothing will change, in spite of the more than 8000 submissions, millions of dollars spent on the Royal Commission, and any likely outcomes or ‘recommendatons’. Historically, the Australian government chooses to…