Let’s all go into therapy?

In the dementia care arena, every normal recreational pursuit is being labeled as therapy. I’ve got a real issue with it, as it medicalises everything ‘we’ do, almost as if others don’t engage in these ‘activities’. Why would I be comfortable going into therapy, when that word implies I’m needy and sick in some way…

Dementia in Australia

The last two days I’ve been working in Sydney with a group of professionals ranging from experts in government policy, expert researchers, clinicians, medical doctors, service providers, NGOs, and dementia consultants. Oh, and me, a representative of people with dementia, more often referred to only as a ‘consumer’. Except I was also there in my…

Life is a roller coaster

In my blog The impact of Betrayal Trauma, published quite recently (although it says it was posted in January), it seems to have opened up a few wounds and hearts of many others I’ve been talking to. It is especially sad to know this is such a familiar and common experience, and I go back to…

Disability Royal Commission: have your say

The Australian Commonwealth Government has announced plans to commence a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The Royal Commission will focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and respond to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.  The Commonwealth Government is seeking…

Food feeds my soul

Image source: Kate Swaffer 2019 For me, exceptional food is almost as good for my soul as being with my best friends. I recently had the chance to spend time with two people whom I love dearly, and are truly special and loyal adopted family; I was also able to share a meal with one…