Learning life’s lessons…

“Invisible wounds are the hardest to heal, and often their healing depends on the unconditional love of others.”  Inner healing is also made very difficult when a person dies, and it is also really challenging to heal one’s own wounds, even when the person is still alive, when their love and affection is conditional. 2019…

Inspired by a film about truth

The short Vimeo I am posting below today was made by a friend and colleague in Scotland, which I found to be incredibly profound. For me, it spoke mostly about truth. But it also speaks about lies and deception, and arrogance and the lack of scrutiny. As I have become what others often tell me…

Welcome to my X, Y or Z Village

Over the last few years, the concept of Dementia Villages, Memory Cafes, Dementia specific shopping lanes, etc. has been growing, and worse, the villages are currently being lauded as ‘best practice’, in spite of there being NO evidence for them. Just like the Dementia Friendly Community or Dementia Friends initiatives, they were developed by people…

Rethinking Dementia: Normal Human responses #2

Let’s STOP Pathologising Normal Human Responses For #WAM2018, and on day 3, I am continuing my series of blogs, highlighting why many other people also believe we need to BanBPSD. On June 9, 2018 Susan Macaulay wrote an open letter to members of the dementia community worldwide, highlighted below. She outlines what happened to her…

Open Letter to Gabriella Rogers and Channel 9

Urgent Attention: Gabriella Rogers and 9News This letter is in response to the entitled “New Drug to Treat Behavioural Issues in Dementia Patients”, publicised on Aug.18th 2018 at 6pm. “This report misrepresents both the facts and the real-world experiences of people living with dementia.  The report positions all behaviour, moods and reactions within the frame of a dementia diagnosis…

Inclusive Communities

I’ve been researching inclusion, accessibility and friendly, along with a number of terms regularly used within the dementia sector. One of the reasons is because of the ‘lightbulb’ moment I had last week, during an email discussion with people from a number of countries, where they no longer use the word dementia. In fact, they have…

Celebrating International Womens Day 2018

              I’ll continue to “PressForProgress for equal rights for all people with dementia (dementia also affects more women than men) I’ll continue to “PressForProgress for equal pay for women I’ll continue to “PressForProgress for equal numbers of woman as men in leadership roles I’ll continue to “PressForProgress against ALL forms…

Reminders life is good…

Waking up in the morning to find you still have a pulse Hanging out with positive people who support you Going for a walk or run Great food Good bullet proof coffee Listening to your favourite music Smelling freshly cut roses Meditation or Mindfulness, or both Trying out something new Joining a group of like-minded…