Mr Boris and peer-to-peer support groups

Someone just reposted this article on Facebook, and mostly because our amazing wonder-cat is Mr Boris is actually featured in the article and this photo, I am posting it here! In the article my Neuro-physiotherapist, Associate Professor (at the time of the article, a PhD Dr) James Mcloughlin said: “We’ve got pretty good evidence to show…

Think before you speak (write): Is it kind?

In 2017, speaking also means email, texting, sending messages via Messenger, Twitter, Facebook or another form of social media. It seems though, that hidden behind a screen, people have forgotten to think before they speak (write), especially about whether what they say is kind. Part of my stress this year has been due to extreme…

NDIS update (for Australia)

Following yesterdays SA update, here is a brief national update from ProBono Australia who reported on the NDIS late last week, written by Rachel McFadden (29 July 2017); NDIS Having a Life Changing Impact Despite First Year ‘Teething Problems’  On the eve of the first anniversary of the Australia-wide rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme…

Dementia advocates appear to live well…

You may be wondering what I mean by that quote? Well, to start with I can most certainly guarantee no-one with dementia ‘lives well’ or even ‘beyond dementia’ all of the time. For that matter, with or without dementia, not everyone lives well all of the time ! But people with dementia appearing to live…

National Dementia Strategies

On May 29 this year, the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 was unanimously adopted. The following is the announcement made in Geneva: Delegates at the World Health Assembly have reached new agreements on dementia; immunization; refugee and migrant health; substandard and falsified medical products, and the world…

“Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia” – available now online

My second dementia book, Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, co authored with my friend and colleague Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low was released recently as an e-book through the Apple iBooks Store which you can find here… The following is the Foreword written by Professor Henry Brodarty: “Dementia is never one person’s illness. Its ripples spread wide, enveloping…

Kindness is far more important…

Last year, I was asked to answer some questions for a website featuring Change agent stories, which has now changed its focus. They invited people to write stories whom they considered to be ‘Radicals or Change Agents’. The questions took me a long time to answer, and even now, I am not sure if I have answered them well,…