Babette’s feast – and learning to care

For some time, Kate Swaffer had been suggesting to me that I should watch one of her favourite films ‘Babette’s Feast’. In case you were unaware, one of Kate’s remarkable talents is high-end cuisine. Kate even ran a restaurant. I went past it in a mini van while I visited Adelaide suburbs earlier this year. […]

My final book on living with dementia: seeing the big picture

The picture above was taken at Ljubljana in Slovenia where we had the 25th Alzheimer Europe conference on the theme of “Dementia: Putting strategies and research into practice”. Perhaps one of the most overused terms of the century is ‘breaking down the silo’. I don’t know enough about the engineering of silos to comment, thankfully. […]

Attendance allowance, ICHOM and avoidable admissions for dementia

Almost like a ‘blind spot’ in English dementia policy is the effect of the benefits system on the wellbeing of people trying to live better with dementia and their closest ones who find themselves often being thrust into the rôle of unpaid family caregiver. It is anticipated that there will be news of ‘ICHOM’ soon. […]

It is the implementation of the law, not the law itself, which is holding back progress

One of the key aspects about the law, both domestically and internationally, is that the law has to be clear and enforceable. We can see this ‘in action’ where most of the criticisms of the National Minimum Wage have not been the way it’s been drafted, but the way it’s been implemented. There can, of […]

The two cultures and the dementia revolution

  In the Senate House, on 7 May 1959, C.P. Snow gave the seminal Rede lecture at Cambridge entitled “The two cultures and the scientific revolution”.  One seminal passage goes as follows: “Literary intellectuals at one pole—at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension—sometimes (particularly […]