International Womens Day 2021

Last week, I was pleased to be invited by the University of South Australia Chancellor Pauline Carr to attend the Adelaide International Women’s Day Breakfast, #IWD2021 highlighting women’s leadership this year. The MC was the wonderful Sonya Feldhoff from ABC Radio Adelaide, and guest speakers included Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition…

New book: Wandering the wards

WANDERING the WARDS An Ethnography of Hospital Care and its Consequences for People Living with Dementia By Katie Featherstone and Andy Northcott This is an interesting and useful book, based on the wanderings of the authors and staff, NOT the patients with dementia in hospitals! This book is especially timely in light of the release…

Spaced Repetition

For many years, I have been campaigning for dementia to be managed as a condition that is a “major cause of disability and dependence” (WHO), and why people with dementia are being denied access to Universal Health Coverage including being denied proactive disability support and assessment, including rehabilitation. The following is a recording of a…

Rehabilitation: a human right for everyone

The rights of persons with dementia most often continue to be ignored, and denied. In this series of webinars, I hope this is the beginning of change, at least in one area of post diagnostic support, namely, rehabilitation. My blog today is of my presentation at this series of webinars, which were hosted by Lee-Fay…

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,…