The 90 day challenge for carers

Over twenty years ago I attended a motivational conference in Melbourne, and the keynote speakers were Skip and Susan Ross. Skip Ross is the owner, founder, and director of Circle A Ranch, and he and his wife Susan have dedicated their lives to making a difference through this ministry. They are Crown IBO’s with Amway,…

Drowning, paddling harder and staying afloat

Many days it feels like I am drowning from the symptoms of dementia, and last night my husband and I were talking about the changes that are taking place again, and the fear we both feel when I might not be able to keep myself afloat. It is not the most comfortable emotional journey, constantly feeling like…

Dementia and Amway

Don’t let dementia become your capricious mistress, something the rest of your life (and that of your family) has to compete with. Don’t live the life of an exile, limited to the symptoms of your or your loved one’s symptoms of dementia. Focus your attention and energy instead on what you have left that is…

Contented

The first known use of the word contented according to the free Merriam-Webster online Dictionary is the 15 century, and it means simply that we are feeling satisfied with our life, that we are feeling or showing satisfaction with our possessions, status, or situation; we have accepted the situation we are in, and are happy…

A life full of surprises

My dear husband and I constantly discuss our days and the things going on around us, but so often now I have increasing short-term memory loss, so that often it seems like life is full of surprises. He says, but we talked about that last night, or we did that or we went there this…

Why Adelaide Fringe 2012?

Today’s blog is about why I produced an Adelaide Fringe event this year, something I thought I should write about before I forget why I registered for it in the first place. It came about through a desire to change attitudes and break down the myths and stigma surrounding dementia, and to improve the services…

‘I live in a little cloud’, by Christine Bryden

Today I wanted to honour another person who I am privileged to have met and can call my friend, who is also living positively with dementia. Christine Bryden is an amazing woman, diagnosed age 46 with dementia (she is now 63), who is still advocating publicly for people living with or caring for people with dementia. She…

Thinkers in Residence 2012

Martin Seligman: building a flourishing state World leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy, Dr Martin Seligman, will join forces with partners from government, business and community to drive action on wellbeing and resilience for the citizens of South Australia. Dr Seligman will be here in Adelaide…

A happy death

Someone I have worked with and grown to love this year through my new role as advocate and activist for dementia wrote today… you’ve motivated me to keep trying to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia, especially to be treated as full citizens and human beings throughout their lives. I…

A nice person…

For many years, I have wanted to be remembered as a nice person… this is also what I  heard Tony Bennett say recently when being interviewed on his 85th birthday. He is a musical superstar, and one of my heroes. He appears to have lived his life with integrity, dignity and respect for himself and others. His…