Kiama wins WHO Award

To make a change from my blogs of remembrance, I thought I’d focus on the Kiama Dementia Friendly Community Pilot Project in my attempt to post daily blogs for #WAM2016 #DAM2016. Yes, I know yesterday one did not arrive, but I accidentally posted two on Sunday! To say Kiama has ‘done it again Sam!’ is…

Alzheimer’s Australia Communique 2016

Last week, I was privileged to be one of 17 people with dementia to participate in a Parliamentary Summit, alongside 44 family care partners, the CEO Carol Bennett, President Graeme Samuel and a number of staff from Alzheimer’s Australia. From the media release: “The Communique has been developed by consumers from across the country attending…

Call for action on National Dementia Priorities

Media Release 10 March 2016, re-printed here with permission: People with dementia call for action on National Dementia Priorities More than 70 people living with dementia and their carers will come together in Canberra to identify key priorities and call on politicians to take action in responding to Australia’s growing dementia rates during a two-day…

Blog # 3 re the AFR’s lack of respect for people with dementia

This is blog #3 of mine on the continuing AFR debacle. It seems the AFR does not wish to engage in full and open conversation about their recent lapse in judgement, and obvious serious lack of respect for people with dementia. A public retraction and apology is still required. No less will be  unsatisfactory, and many others definitely agree…

Working in Kiama

For six months now, I have been visiting and working in the Kiama area as part of the contracted consultancy role I have until this week with Alzheimer’s Australia, on the dementia friendly community Pilot Project with the local Kiama council, Alzheimer’s Australia and the University of Wollongong. The main challenge has been to involve and…

Being heard

A person’s voice has greater chance of being heard when connected to the voice of others in similar circumstances, and very often, the closer the similarity the stronger the voice. For people with dementia and the family members who support them or other support people such as neighbours or friends, this has given rise to organisations…

Engaging people with dementia

I often ponder on the various activities and forms of ‘behaviour management’ or recreation offered to people with dementia in the community, and then in residential care homes. Why not go skydiving, dancing or fishing instead of playing Bingo…  I’d be happy to spend it on that! I suspect it is likely the reason activities such…