Why I love dementia research

First of all, I should not actually ‘love dementia research’ if only because I’ve been doing it discontinuously since my finals in neuroscience at Cambridge in 1995-6. Familiary breeds contempt, and all that. I think meeting three people in the last year really turbo-boosted my interest in research into dementia. And I think if you […]

Our #ADI2015 was a triumph of hope in place of fear

The mood music is changing. We’ve had circular discussions on ‘suffering’ before, to the point we probably agree to disagree, but have learnt to respect other people’s well meant perspectives. But I think it’s fair to say that the happiness and camaraderie which accompanied #ADI2015 is a very real one. I took this photo at […]

People living with dementia are the ones to listen to. They’re going to be the stars of the ADI Conference.

We’re nearly there. Between 15th and 18th April 2015, Perth Australia will be the host for the 30th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International. If you ever an opportunity to listen to Tommy Whitelaw for an hour, do it. It’s really easy for people interested in English and global policy like to me to become […]

The big day has arrived. Bring it on! #kfdementia

Today is the big day. It’s our day at the King’s Fund, “Leading change in dementia diagnosis and support”. The programme is here. If you feel that something is reported which is complete garbage, make sure you get a chance to give feedback using the hashtag #kfdementia. I had dinner last night with Chris Roberts, […]

The 24th Annual Conference for Alzheimer Europe put people with dementia in the driving seat. Deservedly so.

The biggest dementia conference to be taken place in Scotland (“Conference”, attended by 800 professionals, people with dementia and carers) was held in Glasgow last week (20-23 October 2014). The focus of the conference was Dignity and autonomy in Dementia and the four day event explored in quite some detail how recognising the human rights of people with […]

You need risk to live well with dementia

“Risk” is one of those entities which bridges the financial world with law and regulation, psychology or neuroscience.   The simplicity of the definition of it in the Oxford English Dictionary rather belies its complexity? It was a pivotal part of my own Ph.D. in the early diagnosis of the behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementia, awarded […]

Chris Roberts’ plan to set up a dementia café: persons with dementia driving decision-making

There’s been a persistent concern amongst many academics and amongst many persons with dementia themselves that persons with dementia are not at the heart of decision-making in dementia-friendly communities. The notion of ‘no dementia about me without me’ has not been rigorously applied to dementia-friendly communities, with directors of strategy in corporates seeking to consider […]