“Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia” – available now online

My second dementia book, Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, co authored with my friend and colleague Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low was released recently as an e-book through the Apple iBooks Store which you can find here… The following is the Foreword written by Professor Henry Brodarty: “Dementia is never one person’s illness. Its ripples spread wide, enveloping…

Ramblings from the past, as I think about 2017…

It is already mid January 2017, and I’ve not yet posted a blog, so am hoping to rectify the today! I started this ages ago, but have had trouble paddling since December so have not achieved very much at all. Anyway, it may be worth looking back and reflecting as we prepare for yet another year. The years…

Coming soon: “Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia”

Well… coming, but perhaps not soon enough! We were promised this would be ready for Dementia Awareness Month, and yes, I suppose it will we, but not until the 15th at least , so disappointing not to be able to tell you it is available now when we are four days into the month. Even the websites…

What people with dementia want from residential care homes

I was recently published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care (AJDC), and my article has been republished the Aged Care Report Card this week as well. You can read the full article, What people with dementia want from residential care homes, where I explain what people with dementia have said they want from residential care, based on my own experience…

Getting along when you have dementia

How do people, who are living with the symptoms of dementia and which is causing increasing cognitive disabilities, including memory loss, reduced cognitive abilities and changing emotions and behavioural responses, work together cohesively and without getting upset occasionally? One of the things I hear over and over again from this supporting someone with dementia, relates…

Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness Robert Waldinger, TEDx Beacon Street, filmed November 2015 Researchers at Harvard, after studying participants for 75 years, have discovered conclusively that it is not money, or fame or even achievement that create a sense of happiness or physical health. This multi-generational research team found instead that (i) the…

Letting go

One of the biggest challenges for me is letting go of the abilities I once had. Yes, I know it is easy to say, “but you can still do so many things”, but let me just say how devastating it is having to let go of functioning. I am not talking about physical functioning, as…