Study: Exercise Can Prevent Dementia

Exercising Keeps Your Mind Strong – Here’s Why “Why Is This Important? Because this is the first comprehensive study to show environmental factors can affect dementia. Long Story Short A report by British health charity Age UK has stated that some basic lifestyle changes can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, something which has…

Dementia in the acute setting

Sadly, I have yet another horror story of our acute sector in Australia, and their mistreatment of people with dementia. Obviously I had hoped the experiences I wrote of three years ago had not continued, and that care for this very marginalised group might have improved. But alas, it seems not. When I wrote about…

Dementia Is Not Dementia Is Not Dementia

I’ve been away for a week, and almost every day someone has asked me is Alzheimer’s Disease the same as dementia, even a registered nurse working in aged care. One taxi driver said he thought his mum was ‘soooooo lucky’ to have Alzhiemer’s Disease and not dementia like his father, although then went into a…

Glenn Campbell lives well with dementia

Glenn Campbell has not allowed Alzheimer’s Disease to stop him from living his pre-diagnosis life. His wife Kim and family have supported and enabled him to continue singing and recording, and Glenn is living well with dementia. His wife Kim said that his doctors are convinced his continuing to be physically active and remaining meaningfully…

Dementia and the downhill slide

The last two weeks we have faced the deaths of two friends, both with younger onset dementia although my dear friend Michael had so many other serious illnesses, thankfully it was right down at the bottom of the ladder of his life. However, for the last few days we have been waiting on the phone call to…

Euthanasia vs no Euthanasia: the debate continues

Three thought provoking articles to continue this growing debate…   A matter of life and death Saturday 1 June 2013 5:o5 pm; Repeated: Wednesday 1pm Presented by David Rutledge Despite considerable advances in end-of-life care, the push to legalise voluntary euthanasia seems to be growing in intensity and desperation. For those who want to see…

Dementia and aluminium

There have been a number of emails flying around for some time regarding the risk of aluminium and dementia. Here is the latest on the topic. In terms of aluminium and dementia risk, very high levels of aluminium in the brain are toxic and can cause cognitive impairment, but the evidence is now fairly conclusively…

Tony’s story

Tony’s wrote; …….I always thought that A/D was something that happened to all old people, we all went a bit silly in our senior years, I had no idea how wrong that perception of mine was, and in early 1990, a life changing, head on car accident changed my world and my life completely…..I suffered…

Jennifer’s story

Jennifer Bute from the UK has become a wonderful friend of mine; we met at ADI London last year, and like me and Richard Taylor, she is fighting the symptoms of dementia as if it is the Olympics race of her life. Dementia from the inside is her story; Jennifer Bute. She is using her…

Living outside the stigmas and expectations of others

Recently Richard Taylor  wrote to the following message to a person with younger onset dementia living in Queensland who had connected with him via his website; “Thank you for taking the time to write. Have you met Kate Swaffer? She is a kindred spirit, who also lives in Australia, of ours who hears the same…

Two sides of the dementia coin

In conversations this week, whilst holidaying with a dear friend in Queensland, it has been unsettling to hear my friend say she can see my decline, however subtle it is, and no matter how much I attempt to hide it.  We have known each other long enough, and well enough for her to be honest,…

Christmas, grief, dementia and remembering

Having lost my mother in law to ovarian cancer in 2005, it was a sad first Christmas without my father in law. I can recall his and our tears that first Christmas without her. We spent it with my parents, partly because they are elderly now and we are lucky to still have them, and partly…

Richard Taylor

Dear Richard, You have been my shining beacon of light since my diagnosis of younger onset dementia. My Google and I were best friends for the first few weeks as I searched for information about dementia, and for help. Any form of help, as there seemed to be none out there, and I had not been…

Drowning, paddling harder and staying afloat

Many days it feels like I am drowning from the symptoms of dementia, and last night my husband and I were talking about the changes that are taking place again, and the fear we both feel when I might not be able to keep myself afloat. It is not the most comfortable emotional journey, constantly feeling like…

Dementia myths

Today I wanted to reblog an article by Jami L.Hede, M.S., CCC/SLP Dementia Myths Debunked from her blog Exploring Dementia. There are still so many myths out there, and I regularly have staff who work in aged and dementia care ask me Is Alzheimer’s dementia, which was why I wrote that article a while ago.…