Festive wishes…

It is Christmas Eve in Australia, and after reading an article yesterday about really having time away from the daily routines and work, I have decided this is my last blog for 2015! I have had a truly incredible year, full of many highs and at least as many lows. It is wonderful that I have…

Christmas, family, friends, loss, grief, and hiraerth

If you are someone with dementia, or supporting a person with dementia, remember they may have hurts and losses, perhaps even similar to what I describe below, but consciously or unconsciously exacerbated with all the ‘joy’ of an occasion like Christmas, that is ripping up their heart inside, and making them seem more anxious, upset or angry. They…

Slow learners…

This is a simple, succinct quote on who’s got the problem in caring for or communicating with people with dementia, and if this point was taken seriously, and considered fully in the dementia sector, 90% of the so-called ‘challenging behaviours’ we are so negatively and glibly labelled with would probably never surface… If you can’t understand…

Life in the fast lane

Breathe deeply Take a moment to relax Stop and smell the roses or lavender Take a bath or a swim Look in the mirror and say to yourself I am ok Have lunch with those you love Laugh, live and love More often In between the fast lane Called life in the 21st Century!

Letting go

One of the biggest challenges for me is letting go of the abilities I once had. Yes, I know it is easy to say, “but you can still do so many things”, but let me just say how devastating it is having to let go of functioning. I am not talking about physical functioning, as…

International Day of Persons with disAbilities 2015

Theme for International Day of Persons with disAbilities 2015  Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities Today it is the International Day of Persons with disAbilities, and one of the sub themes this year is people with invisible disAbilities, which therefore includes people with dementia. Being recognised last week, in the National disAbility…