You can lead a horse to water..

It is September, which in the world of dementia advocacy, is referred to as World Alzheimer’s Month or Dementia Awareness Month (DAM), or even World Dementia Month. This name change has come about, to ensure inclusion of those who do not have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but some other kind of dementia. It is…

“Monday” by Alex Dimitrov

Mondayby Alex Dimitrov I was just beginningto wonder about my own lifeand now I have to return to itregardless of the weatheror how close I am to love.Doesn’t it bother you sometimeswhat living is, what the day has turned into?So many screens and meetingsand things to be late for.Everyone truly deservesa flute of champagnefor having…

Jailing is failing

In an email received today from the curator of information provided to members of the Australian Optional Protocol to the Convention against (OPCAT) Network, I was alerted to a recording of a session about how jails are failing us all, including the prisoners and their families, and the taxpayers. My interest in the Optional Protocol…

A chance to make history for people with disability

By highlighting dementia as one of the many health conditions causing disabilities, I am joining the more than 1 billion people with disability campaigning for change! It is your chance to make history; to help make a lasting change for 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide, and I invite you to join the #WeThe15 campaign.…

Proof of disabilities and discrimination

In a recent article I read on MamaMia about a young woman having to prove her disabilities, I was struck by the similarity to my experience, and that of many others, of having to prove we have dementia. “In just over the past month, Rhiannon has received two parking fines. The first of which she…

Walking for Brain health

On the last day of Brain health Awareness Month, it seemed appropriate to write about something I have been campaining for in varoius ways, for alost as long as I have had dementia. I’ve campaigned often to refer to (re-label) an activity as normal as walking, instead of labelling it as wandering. Something as simple…

Dementia through the disability lens

Whilst not specifically about Brain Health Awareness, I’m sharing a recent interview, which is 100% relevant to hope. I was delighted to be interviewed for the Aged Care Enrichment Podcast series, brought to us by SilVR Adventures and with their host Ash de Neef. It’s available wherever you get your podcasts from ⬇️ 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻, 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 ⬇️…

Brain Health Awareness Month

Sleep.Meditate.Exercise.Eat a healthy diet, organic if you can afford it. Drink plenty of water.Minimal or no alcohol or other drugs.No smoking.Minimise stress. Relax.Listen to music.Learn something new.Read. Spend time with best friends and pets.Spend time with those you love.Find a hobby you love; mine is gardening.Look after the planet. Be kind. #PhysicalHealth #MentalHealth #EmotionalHealth

Brain Health, 2 D-words and HOPE

Since my own diagnosis of a younger onset dementia 13 years ago, I continue to be disturbed by the lack of recognition of dementia as a disability and lack of proactive support to live with dementia. People newly diagnosed with dementia already have their hope taken away at the time of diagnosis, so to have…