Locked in jail

For more than a decade, I have regularly stated in writing or verbally that I believe people living in residential care facilities with locked doors, or in secure dementia units, are locked in jail, and that the only other people who are also routinely locked in jail are convicted criminals. Secure dementia units also equate…

Rehabilitation: a human right for everyone

The rights of persons with dementia most often continue to be ignored, and denied. In this series of webinars, I hope this is the beginning of change, at least in one area of post diagnostic support, namely, rehabilitation. My blog today is of my presentation at this series of webinars, which were hosted by Lee-Fay…

Mind reading

I’ve been reading about Frida Kahlo since the quote below was highlighted on Facebook recently, and I’m not so sure it is such good advice. Why? Because it’s expecting others (a husband, in Frida’s case) to be mind readers. Frida Kahlo told her husband, “I’m not asking you to kiss me, nor apologize to me…

HELP: Natural Wonders Every Child Should Know

Inspired by reading the daily post from BrainPickings The Science of How Alive You Really Are: Alan Turing, Trees, and the Wonder of Life, I have just ordered a book titled, Natural Wonders, although it is currently out of stock. Amazon say it is “a collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic…

Elder Abuse

In an article What to Do if You Suspect a Senior Is Being Financially Abused or Exploited, by Carolyn Rosenblatt. The journalist start by saying: Some have called elder abuse “the crime of the century.” This crime can be difficult to detect and investigate, but one of the few ways to stop an elder from…

BPSD vs BPSC-19

I’ve written many time about BPSD or ‘challenging behaviours’ as well as what I have termed BPSC-19, but the comparison may not be obvious to everyone. Hence, for day 27 of Dementia Awareness Month in 2020, I decided to list the ‘symptons’ of each here. If we check out the two lists we could be…

Just because you can’t see it…

You may not believe it, or see it, but people with dementia are still being Prescribed Disengagement®, and only supported to die, rather than to live positively. You may not believe it, but if you have a stroke, you will recieve rehabilitation, whereas if you are diagnosed with dementia, you won’t. You may not believe…

Inclusion… or exclusion?

We are well over half way through Dementia Awareness Month, and I’m tired, but continuing with my daily blog series, in an effort to create new thinking, and discussion. Some of the topics I’ve chosen are difficult to write about, like this one,. They may even cause offence to others, including causing dissent amongst some…