Journalist lives in nursing home for 2 weeks

Thanks to HelloCare for highlighting this video. The experience of ageing in Singapore is of course, not unique to them; all countries have increasing ageing populations. From YouTube: Anita Kapoor, television presenter and host, attempts a 2-week long stay in a local nursing home. Immersing herself in a place most would hardly call home, her…

Help! Please.

COMPLETE GUIDES TO BPSD Today, my blog is a simple request for help, as I am wanting to access the IPA Complete Guides to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). If anyone is able to assist me with this, I would like to get a copy of these guidelines, and without joining the IPA,…

Even you have the right to employment!

In conversation with Michele O’Neil, Alison Barnes, Hugh de Kretser and Verity Firth on how a human rights focus could ensure a safe, respectful and healthy workplace for all. If you’ve followed me here for a while, you’ll know I believe if people diagnosed with dementia were not immediately Prescribed Disengagement®️ most people would still…

Food for thought

The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him the most. Man – because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in…

Economic Stigma

There are many factors keeping the stigma experienced by peopel with dementia alive, which is a topic I will be publishing on soon. In the meantime, I wanted to add an article I wrote for magazine called Dementia Connections in Canada, published last year. Economic Stigma: They will love you until they have to pay…

R.I.P. Aunty Mavis

Rest In Peace my darling Aunty Mave. Mavis Dawn Casey Passed away at Port Lincoln Hospital on March 4, 2021 Aged 94 years  In spite of a recent serious health incident which I may blog about sometime soon, I’m sharing some current sadness, the death of a dear Aunt who lived in Port Lincoln, SA.…

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…

More on the realities of advocacy

A fellow activist and dear friend of mine from from Germany attempted to comment on one of my recent blogs about the lack of services or tangible change for people with dementia and their care partners and/or families. Unfortunately she had trouble getting the comments posted, so sent them privately, and with her permission I’ve…

Deep listening

On reading this article (last year), “The lost art of deep listening: Choose an album. Lose the phone. Close your eyes.” about listening to music, it begins with “What’s your favorite album? When was the last time you listened — actually listened — to it from start to finish? With intention, like you were watching…

Who are the enemies of change?

Egos, money and power: these are the enemies we face. Not dementia. I’m starting to believe (may have have always believed), these are the things that have stopped real change and progress, with things like reducing stigma, discrimination, loneliness, and the abuse and neglect many of us experience, in care homes and also in the…

Australia Day 2021: reflect, respect, celebrate

I wish to acknowledge the Traditional owners of the land we stand on as the first people of my country, and the oldest culture in the world. Australia Day 2021 presents us with a welcome opportunity to reflect on our recent challenges, respect those who put others before themselves and celebrate our resilience and unity,…