If you’re an unpleasant person, a week of ‘dementia awareness’ will make no difference

There’ll be a third of people roughly who’ll hate whatever you do. There’ll be a third of people roughly who’ll love whatever you do. There’ll be a third of people roughly who’ll be completely indifferent.   This is advice my father gave to me shortly before he died.┬áIn society, there will always be a hardcore […]

Who were the biggest winners and losers of the G8 dementia summit? My survey of 96 persons without dementia

Background The G8 summit on dementia was much promoted ‘to put dementia on top of the world agenda’. It is described in detail on the “Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge” website. I went only last Monday to Glasgow to the SDCRN conference retrospective on the G8 dementia. It was a sort-of debrief for people in the […]

An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit

Background Experience has suggested that academic scientists can be as ‘guilty’ as the popular press in generating a ‘moral panic’ causing mass anxiety and hysteria. Take for example the media reporting of the new variant Creuztfeld-Jacob disease, a very rare yet important cause of dementia (Fitzpatrick, 1996). How dementia is represented in the media is […]

I am a person, not a diagnosis: deconstructing Kate Swaffer’s poem on dementia

I have always understood “living with dementia” to mean that that person carries on with life, knowing that there is an underlying medical phenomenon somewhere. To me, it’s exactly the same as living in recovery from alcohol dependence. If I were to have another alcoholic drink, I wouldn’t be able to stop drinking. It’s a […]