A win for all people with dementia

My book, What the hell happened to my brain?: Living beyond dementia was published recently in German. Whilst I was happy the rights were bought for it to be translated into German, I was very unhappy with the image they used on the cover, without my knowledge or consent. The image they chose was of someones…

Professor Tom Dening reviews my book

‘What the hell happened to my brain? Living beyond dementia’  Review published by Professor of Dementia Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Nottingham University on 30 December, 2016. Reproduced here, with permission. “Kate Swaffer is phenomenal. Diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia before the age of 50, she has been a leading advocate for dementia ever since, with…

“Living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia: What next?”

We have been in sunny Scotland this week (yes, we brought the sunshine from Australia with us!!), and during the week I have spent a day on campus at Queen Margaret University with Professor Jan Dewing, also my PhD supervisor. I’ve also been ‘working’ on things for the Alzheimer’s Scotland conference which is on today, working on DAI…

On dementia, disAbility and writing my book

Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the UK sent me a few questions to answer about what is was like when first diagnosed with dementia, how dementia has impacted my life and family, and on living beyond dementia, continuing to study and much more… you can hear my response here. My book “What the hell happened to…

My office has younger onset dementia

There was a time when my house was immaculate, the pillowslips AND the sheets were ironed, and in fact, ironing as a topic here has been a bit hit in the past! Everything in the cupboards were aligned, all clothing in the wardrobe and drawers were ironed perfectly and in neat piles, or hanging with matching coat…

The sweetness of life

Life Is for living For dreaming And for learning Life Is for crying For healing And for moving on Life Is for remembering Sweet times And for family and friends Life With fading memories Is a roller coaster of loss and grief Life With dementia Can still be fun