Do not give up, by Mario Benedetti

“Don’t give up, you still have time to reach out and start again. Accept your shadows, bury your fears, release the last. Take flight again. Do not give up this life, continue the journey, follow your dreams. Unlock time, remove the debris and uncover the sky. Don’t give up, please don’t give in. Although the…

It’s 2021!

Happy New Year 🥳 2021. 2020 was definitely one to forget, but it has been a year of deeper friendships, determination and resilience to get through it together. Some of my wishes for everyone, on every day: Peace Joy Health Equal Access to Healthcare Rehabilitation Empathy Hope Well-being Kindness Courage Strength Friends An open ❤️…

Our rights under threat as we grow old

The 13th session of the Convention of State Parties (CoSP) on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disbilities (CRPD) is on now; 30 November 2020 (in-person meetings: Opening and the election of the CRPD Committee members), 1 and 3 December 2020 (virtual meetings: roundtable discussions, the interactive dialogue with the UN system and the closing). This was…

Locked in jail

For more than a decade, I have regularly stated in writing or verbally that I believe people living in residential care facilities with locked doors, or in secure dementia units, are locked in jail, and that the only other people who are also routinely locked in jail are convicted criminals. Secure dementia units also equate…

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…

Mind reading

I’ve been reading about Frida Kahlo since the quote below was highlighted on Facebook recently, and I’m not so sure it is such good advice. Why? Because it’s expecting others (a husband, in Frida’s case) to be mind readers. Frida Kahlo told her husband, “I’m not asking you to kiss me, nor apologize to me…

HELP: Natural Wonders Every Child Should Know

Inspired by reading the daily post from BrainPickings The Science of How Alive You Really Are: Alan Turing, Trees, and the Wonder of Life, I have just ordered a book titled, Natural Wonders, although it is currently out of stock. Amazon say it is “a collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic…

Elder Abuse

In an article What to Do if You Suspect a Senior Is Being Financially Abused or Exploited, by Carolyn Rosenblatt. The journalist start by saying: Some have called elder abuse “the crime of the century.” This crime can be difficult to detect and investigate, but one of the few ways to stop an elder from…

“… our alleged ‘loved ones’”

This is an important article, and the journalist has used a term in the tiele I’m almost sucared to use: The way we’ve outsourced care for our alleged “loved ones”, paying people as little as possible to do what we’re not prepared to do ourselves. We are meant to love those in our care. We are…