Living with dementia

Day 27: Dementia Awareness Month 2014 I was alerted to this video by a student at the University of Wollongong, and thought it was worthwhile adding to my blog. Generally I worry when a book or video claims to know what living with dementia is like, when it has been produced by people who are…

Dementia friends UK

Initially I struggled with the concept of being dementia/gay/disabled/child/age-friendly, as feel we should all be respectful and helpful to each other. However, becoming dementia friendly is a useful goal for communities and countries, and I really like this short ‘ad’ from the Dementia Friends UK.It is uplifting, and the message it simple. Enjoy… and follow…

Travel and dementia

Life in the gym – my darling husband has gone to the gym in our hotel this morning, and I probably should be there with him, but decided chatting on Facebook, twitter and writing a blog would be more fun!!! When I was young and playing a lot of squash, life in the gym used…

Living with dementia

Living with dementia sometimes feels as if my soul is being sucked out, little bit by little bit, as my world slowly disappears. I have presented much of this blog elsewhere, and perhaps even here, but it felt right to publish this today… Communicating with a person with dementia: For the memory impaired, memory is like…

Re-investing in life after a diagnosis of dementia

Following a diagnosis of dementia, most people are told to go home, give up work, in my case, give up study, and put all the planning in place for their demise such as their wills. Their families and partners are also  told they will have to give up work soon to become full time ‘carers’.  Considering…

Right or wrong?

Who’s ‘Living with dementia was the title of my blog poem yesterday, and the last 24 hours has seen various conversations about this topic, one I had a reasonably strong opinion about. As always, the direction you are taking, does not mean it is the right way, or the wrong way. It is simply your way, your…

Living with dementia

A friend responded to my recent blog Language and Dementia which was a discussion about the use of language and the term Living with Dementia, and who should use it. With her permission, I am publishing her email today. She said she is very passionate about the topics and proud to have her name included. Thank you Janet.…