Inclusive Communities

I’ve been researching inclusion, accessibility and friendly, along with a number of terms regularly used within the dementia sector. One of the reasons is because of the ‘lightbulb’ moment I had last week, during an email discussion with people from a number of countries, where they no longer use the word dementia. In fact, they have…

Dementia Friendly Communities: what do they mean to you?

Dementia Alliance International has a new survey about dementia friendly communities for people with dementia and their care partners (meaning an unpaid family carer or significant other who is actively supporting them). We are very keen to hear your thoughts and that these campaigns and initiatives mean to you, and if they have positively impacted…

Dementia friendly… or not?

Last week I attended and spoke briefly at an event, where the guest speaker Rachael Litherland was an invited expert from the UK, being funded to tour Australia and discuss the work of dementia friendly comunities in the UK over the last 10 years. She highlighted the work on dementia friendly communities that has been…

Prescribed Dis-engagement

Prescribed Dis-engagement: what is it? Following diagnosis, my specialists all told me ‘to give up work, give up study, and go home for the time I had left’! I quickly termed this prescribed disengagement, and thankfully I eventually chose to ignore it. Why is it that one day I was studying a double degree, working full…

Dementia, NaNoWriMo and staying engaged

November is the month for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo and I bravely (stupidly??!!) signed up to give it another go this year. I am way behind the 1600 words per day they suggest you write to keep up, but if I get all my other writing finished by the middle of next week, I’ll…