The changing workplace environment

A few months ago I attended a conference themed The Elephant in The Room, in Terrigal NSW. One of the other key note speakers was Avril Henry, who is a widely acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, business and career coach, mentor and author, and who is passionate about generational, gender and cultural diversity, developing collaborative leaders and positive…

Richard Taylor: Alzheimer’s from the inside out

The third blog in the weekly series of Dementia Alliance International is Richard Taylor: Alzheimer’s from the inside out, what I have learned in 10 years. As I’ve missed a week of blogging, and it is Dementia Awareness Week in the UK, I thought I”d publish two blogs today! What Richard teaches us is profound,…

Social media and small country towns

In Sundays re-blog of Tweet by tweet: A father shares his grief as son dies the father of the dying son said of his experience during this time with social media; “It was overwhelming, heartwarming, comforting…” I too have been overwhelmed and comforted by the heart-warming friendship and support offered on social media. Without it, many days, I would…

Dementia = Loneliness

I am currently wrestling with a deep sense of loneliness. In my search for wisdom, I have just re-read a Wakley Prize Essay, Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha’s moving essay  An epidemic of loneliness and it was a timely reminder of the problems most recalcitrant to our research based and outcome-driven health care providers. Loneliness involves both social and emotional components…

A poem a day keeps the tweeters at bay!

Thomas Cochran Though I’m not sure if he’s Found me through twitter Started following my blog He has his own blog Called Covered in Beer And this one titled America’s Knitting Underbelly With the picture of this cat Rather completely sucked me in And so it was simple The poetry blitz came into play I had to write…

Shibley: one of my Imaginary friends

The case of the stolen Mango Not even heard of by many Aussies Perhaps a prank to highlight it It even caught the attention Of dear Shibley My #nolongeranimaginaryfriend Who writes and blogs prolifically And said he wrote the Mango blog for me Though I’m not sure why He tweets  @legalaware And whilst it has not been good for some We…

Cheeky Maureen Shiells

She’s a little bit cheeky Is Maureen Shiells @MMShiells As I’ve snuck in this poem Hoping desperately I won’t upset my newer followers She is just a little bit more than Interested in dementia Keen about health and well being She loves life It’s a bit worrying though She said a blog would have to wait Until…

Mary Delaney

Mary Delaney The second twitter friend @manalishis Who signed up to my blog Helping me on my poetry blitz She’s a follow-Friday  kind of girl Not sure if she’s a blogger We might get her to yet She thinks about Stuff And people like Bob Dylan and Sebastian Cabot And a bit keen on Scotland Thankfully She led…

Photographs, disAbilities and dementia…

In November 2012 I received this in an email from a friend with dementia: “Hi all, I have a huge problem with names, is there any way that a thumbnail could accompany emails so I know who I’m talking with?” In my list of contacts, and apart from me, the only person to have done…

Spanner man… Victoria

Tuesday is meant to be my day for adding something funny, but I can’t think of anything funny to write, and have run out of homework!! Anyway, a cousin sent me some images from a man in Victoria, lovingly called ‘Spanner man’ who is wheelchair bound, but whose hobby is making things with old spanners. They are…

Communication and dementia

The only way forward to finish writing a blog today is to write freestyle, in the manner of NaNoWriMo, no judgement, no fear, no set plan, although I will try to edit it before I publish it.  Thanks to the intelligence of the computer, at least I have help. Looking in my office, it seems…

The effect of grief

The effect of grief these last few weeks has been that my energy and paddling has not been able to keep up with finding the ideas to write or edit many my own blogs. My draft folder is full, but still I have not been able to complete many, and so I’ve ‘cheated’ on many days……

Social media, text-speak, dementia… a few thoughts!

In the 7th May email newsletter from the Australian Institute of Management South Australia (AIM); “Just how important it is to use correct grammar is highlighted in the May issue of Management Today. According to the magazine, knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your” could be one indicator of future career success. The article reads,…