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…