Inclusion… or exclusion?

We are well over half way through Dementia Awareness Month, and I’m tired, but continuing with my daily blog series, in an effort to create new thinking, and discussion. Some of the topics I’ve chosen are difficult to write about, like this one,. They may even cause offence to others, including causing dissent amongst some…

The changing workplace environment

A few months ago I attended a conference themed The Elephant in The Room, in Terrigal NSW. One of the other key note speakers was Avril Henry, who is a widely acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, business and career coach, mentor and author, and who is passionate about generational, gender and cultural diversity, developing collaborative leaders and positive…

Loyalty, dementia and giving a damn!

Giving a shit is really what I’d have liked to used in the title, but I was trying not to be rude… Oh well, I’ve now failed on that front too!!! People with dementia need a lot of encouragement to keep going, to keep aspiring for change, to stay energised as advocates for themselves and…

A metaphorical punch in the face…

This morning my husband and I discussed a few incidents or D-moments that have taken place the last few weeks, which have really knocked him out of his denial bubble. He has subsequently been a little down in the dumps, as he is forced to face what is ahead. Thankfully last night he went out with three mates for their monthly…

Keith Oliver honoured: Volunteer of the year

Keith honoured for work despite onset of dementia By Canterbury Times, Thursday, May 02, 2013 “A FORMER primary school head teacher who was forced to step down through early onset dementia has won an award for inspiring others with the condition. Keith Oliver, from Canterbury, won Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony hosted by…

Simple Dementia wish list

Yesterday I attended a Policy forum at Health Consumers Alliance (SA) to have a voice as a consumer about policy wishes for the next election in South Australia. It was an interesting meeting, with excellent input from the organisation and other consumers. Mental health, the homeless, and aged and dementia care were well represented, as…

Readjusting my undies

It seems the paddling is really becoming more challenging, and in fact a whole lot harder, lots more flapping of the wings and paddling of my feet! Because of this, I feel I have had to rationalise a few things I’ve been doing and somehow try to work out what to give up or let…