National Dementia Strategies and Guidelines

Australia, and many other countries have until recently had no national guidelines for the post diagnostic support of people with dementia, which I see as more than a failing, but as unethical. However it is encouraging to be able to report that the national clinical guidelines recently drafted went out to the public for comment before they are to be finalised, hopefully by…

“How to Become Batman” and what that has to do with dementia

Alix Spiegel (@lmillernpr) and Lulu Miller (@aspiegelnpr) from NPR Invisibilia in an Episode titled How to Become Batman, published online on Friday 23 January 2015, examine the surprising effect our expectations can have on the people around us. Plus, hear the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see. This is extremely relevant to the way…

Rehabilitation for dementia

There is emerging evidence for non pharmacological interventions for dementia, and evidence for life style changes as a way of preventing a diagnosis of dementia. It is, for me and many others living better with dementia, in spite of the sector telling us to go home and give up, very exciting times! Who knows how many…

Working in Kiama

For six months now, I have been visiting and working in the Kiama area as part of the contracted consultancy role I have until this week with Alzheimer’s Australia, on the dementia friendly community Pilot Project with the local Kiama council, Alzheimer’s Australia and the University of Wollongong. The main challenge has been to involve and…

Engaging people with dementia

I often ponder on the various activities and forms of ‘behaviour management’ or recreation offered to people with dementia in the community, and then in residential care homes. Why not go skydiving, dancing or fishing instead of playing Bingo…  I’d be happy to spend it on that! I suspect it is likely the reason activities such…