Dementia: a major cause of disability

In June 2019, Dementia Alliance International, held the first Side Event at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) ever to be hosted specifically focused on dementia as a major cause disability, and our rights under the CRPD. This is important in the context of brain health.…

The Problem of Dementia

Yes, it is still Brain Health Awareness Month, and although this blog is not specific to brain health, the webinar I am highlighting in it is not only a new way to see dementia… but shares what the author believes why it is a crisis, and what we can do about it. You are therefore…

Rehabilitation for dementia: Evidence & Opportunities

Following on from yesterdays blog, I am today highlighting a very important and relevant Dementia Alliance International (DAI Webinar that is on later this week. Our presenter is Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low from Sydney University, presenting Rehabilitation for dementia: Evidence & Opportunities. It is one event, set in different time zones. See below for the times and register…

100 Women Of Influence: Global Leader 2018

Congratulations to the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence (100WOI) in 2018, and to the category winners and overall winner. It is an honour to be listed amongst a group of such remarkable women. The awards are in their sixth year and were this year expanded to include an Alumni Projects program, an initiative designed…

Human rights, disAbility and dementia

I’ve been working on this article since before May 2017, but wanting to get it published as a response to the WHO The Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 (Global Dementia Action Plan).  This plan was unanimously adopted at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May 2017, and…

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,…

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…