Redefining dementia

At last I have read an article about dementia, where the author is respectful of the language he uses to refer to us, that is also positive and focuses on living well. Congratulations Michael Smith, from the LeadingAge Magazine in the USA.It is a rare find, but also very encouraging and I am delighted to…

Being a mum…

After focusing on Dementia Awareness Month 2014 with blogs specifically about dementia, I decided to kick off October with some humour again! Even if you are not a believer in God, I’m sure you’ll get a giggle! And if I’ve posted this before, hey, it’s worth another giggle… Yes, Mums and Dads (and foster dads,…

Supporting wellness

Day 21: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 Glenda Parking lives well with dementia, with the support and love of her husband Bronte, family and friends in Perth, Western Australia. She is an inspiration to me, and has been since I first heard her speak out at a forum following the Fight Dementia campaign rally in Canberra…

Dementia and me

Day 20: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 Dementia and me What the hell happened to my brain diagnosed with dementia when I was much too young my children still at school a deadly terminal disease effecting memory, thinking, perception, judgment, language and speech But worse than that, effecting my life, family, friendships, my sense of self,…

Staying meaningfully engaged

Day 18: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 Alzheimer’s Australia have been highlighting stories every day as part of their Dementia Awareness Month program, and this week, this image and quote was featured. Dementia friendly communities is the theme in Australia this year, and as such, the focus has been on hearing from people with dementia from…

Dementia Friendly Communities in Kiama

Day 17: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 It was a pleasure and honour to be presenting before Steve Milton yesterday in Kiama, and along side a woman called Veda Meneghetti who also lives with younger onset dementia. I have added the  presentation I gave below, although you will not get any sense of the fun Veda…

Why speak out?

Day 15: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 I continue to speak out because currently there are not enough people with dementia being asked to speak at or attend events, or being actively involved in things about them. Perhaps by being a role model, and challenging the status quo, it will bring about change. During Dementia Awareness…

Day 14: Dementia Awareness Month 2014

Please watch the YouTube clip and see the links (below) to the new Alzheimer’s Australia CSAs which have been placed on the Alzheimer’s YouTube site. These are the ‘national’ version of the ads which were launched on Sunday 7 September (on Network 7). The NSW version of the ads are being launched today and only…

Day 10: Dementia Awareness Month Language guidelines 2014

As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Australia have launched a tool kit to support their work on dementia friendly communities. One of the documents supporting this is the updated Alzheimers Australia language guidelines 2014. I am highlighting some of them here as well, and will add the comprehensive guidelines when they are available.. WHEN…

Day 6: DAM – Imagine life without words

Imagine life without words – it could happen to you – Aphasia Published on Sep 1, 2014 by Understanding Aphasia Aphasia is a complex condition which varies in every individual. Some have difficulty understanding speech, some find it hard to talk, while others have difficulty reading and writing. In cases of severe aphasia all these…

Day 5: Dementia Awareness Month 2014

Yes, it is already Day 5 of Dementia Awareness Month, and as the theme this year in Australia is focused on Dementia Friendly Communities, I thought I would post the information about the event taking in place in Adelaide, and the information and links to all of the events in Australia. It is especially important…

Media Release Dementia Awareness Month 2014

  Earlier today Alzheimer’s Australia sent out a Media Release_Dementia Awareness Month 2014 outlining some new resources, a link to the video I published on my blog earlier, and an announcement about me. It is a very exciting time to live in, especially when some of  my personal dreams are actually coming true. I often persist…

DAI activities during Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Alliance International is running a series of Master Classes and nother online free events throughout Dementia Awareness Month, specifically for people with dementia, by people with dementia. Whilst others may attend, the focus is on teaching others to live well with dementia. I hope you will join us in this new and exciting time…