The impact of false hope

For my continuing series of World Alzheimer’s Month / Dementia Awareness Month 2016 #WAM2016 #DAM2016 blogs, the post today is about the impact of hearing and reading about possible cures, and failed research. Members of Dementia Alliance International, and the much wider community of people with dementia and our families, are constantly being bombarded with this or that…

Remembering Richard Taylor

In my series for Dementia Awareness Month 2016 #DAM2016 #WAM2016 of blogs, today again I continue to remember family and friends who are no longer with us, but who also were diagnosed with any type of a diagnosis of dementia. Today I remember the late Richard Taylor Ph.D. A hero is an ordinary individual who finds…

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…

A lazy blog!

Published today, I wrote this a while ago for The Huffington Post… The copyright terms allow me to publish it in full, which I have done for my very lazy blog today! I Was Diagnosed With Dementia At 49 And It Was A Gift There are more than 47 million people diagnosed with dementia and I am…

Lightness as the dawn awakens

Drowning in the afternoon clouds The moon appearing as the darkness falls Light streaming through Like lasting strands of love Midnight dreams unsettling Gnawing away at confidence and strategy Suggestions of tomorrows maybes And reminders of yesterdays struggles Lightness as the dawn awakens the soul As it quiets the inner torment and worrying Allowing reason to…

Aloneness

He sits Alone Amongst a crowd Wondering what Tomorrow Will bring forth His dreams Wondering How to realise Always pondering Aloneness New directions Questioning the Old Seeking new truths It’s not Loneliness He has friends But a Yearning Inside his soul Focusing on Love For the universe Kate Swaffer Copyright © 2016

What people with dementia want from residential care homes

I was recently published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care (AJDC), and my article has been republished the Aged Care Report Card this week as well. You can read the full article, What people with dementia want from residential care homes, where I explain what people with dementia have said they want from residential care, based on my own experience…

Getting along when you have dementia

How do people, who are living with the symptoms of dementia and which is causing increasing cognitive disabilities, including memory loss, reduced cognitive abilities and changing emotions and behavioural responses, work together cohesively and without getting upset occasionally? One of the things I hear over and over again from this supporting someone with dementia, relates…

“Living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia: What next?”

We have been in sunny Scotland this week (yes, we brought the sunshine from Australia with us!!), and during the week I have spent a day on campus at Queen Margaret University with Professor Jan Dewing, also my PhD supervisor. I’ve also been ‘working’ on things for the Alzheimer’s Scotland conference which is on today, working on DAI…