Big life, small suitcase

Kate Legge wrote a piece in The Australian, March 10-11 called ‘How do you shrink a big life into a small suitcase?‘ It was around the same time I had an article published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care called ‘Human rights in residential aged care: a consumer’s perspective‘. The two articles look at…

Dementia and the ‘Yes’ word

When my father in law was alive, we noticed he said yes to almost everything, or nodded, or agreed with us when we were together. He said yes to the staff too, even if a yes or no answer was not the required response. It eventually became obvious he was saying yes because he didn’t…

Dementia: My Story

The following short digital story is on YouTube, and the link to it is also somewhere on my blog. I produced it for a university course not long after my diagnosis of dementia. It is not meant to be Ageist; when my father in law saw it, he felt exactly the same. It is not meant to…

Dementia, aged care, death and drugs

There has been a lot of press recently in Australia about the overuse, and abuse of the use of antipsychotic drugs in aged and dementia care, and rather than reinvent the word-wheel, my blog today is to link you to a couple of articles.   Premature deaths linked to drugs in nursing homes Up to…

Dementia, Aged care and Well-ness

This last couple of weeks seems to have been getting information about the meaning of Well-ness, and how it applies to people in aged and dementia care, a worthy topic for my blog. The three sets of questions below come directly from the PDF in the Dementia Care News blog, Measuring Wellbeing: Practitioners’ Guide (NEF).…

Ranting, human rights and help required

Often ready to have a good rant, and then encouraged by friends, I have now set up onebigrant You may wish to join me there?! Karen will be a guest author or responder if I can ever work how to set that up. Eliza, you might be able to help me, as I know you…