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…

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, 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…

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…

Rehabilitation: a human right for everyone

The rights of persons with dementia most often continue to be ignored, and denied. In this series of webinars, I hope this is the beginning of change, at least in one area of post diagnostic support, namely, rehabilitation. My blog today is of my presentation at this series of webinars, which were hosted by Lee-Fay…

BPSD vs BPSC-19

I’ve written many time about BPSD or ‘challenging behaviours’ as well as what I have termed BPSC-19, but the comparison may not be obvious to everyone. Hence, for day 27 of Dementia Awareness Month in 2020, I decided to list the ‘symptons’ of each here. If we check out the two lists we could be…