Thinking the unthinkable. A grand coalition of Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society?

In a crowded space, the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK, two large dementia charities, effectively ‘compete’ as dementia charities. However, in the last few years, funding for the Alzheimer’s Society for initiatives such as ‘Dementia Friends’, costing millions, as a public-not profit partnership has helped to skew this space, such that the Alzheimer’s Society has […]

The English ‘Dementia Vision’ is a despotic dystopic farce

It’s a moot point whether the new ‘owementia Vision’ document, formally called the ‘Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020’ will last longer than the current Prime Minister. Any reasonable person would feel that this has overstepped the line of political decency in being excessively partisan. It was not so much published yesterday, but, rather, sneaked […]

Specialist nurses should form part of the post-diagnostic care and support network for living well with dementia

Background:┬áThere have been numerous concerns that the health and care system in England is too fragmented, and lacks sufficient focus for a person with dementia or caregiver to navigate through the system. A complex array of health and social care services is needed to support people living with dementia; “carers find navigating systemic issues in […]

2 Qns in #pmqs on dementia, but 2 As on ‘Dementia Friends’ not living well with dementia

Dementia was mentioned twice today in Prime Minister’s Questions. There was a ‘big announcement’ today from the Alzheimer’s Society which could have been used to convey the meaning of how people living with dementia could be encouraged to live well in productive lives. As part of this publicity, Terry Pratchett was pictured holding up a […]