#WorldAlzheimersDay – who is protecting whom?

Assessing risk is a critical part of English dementia policy at all levels. I again found myself talking about risk as I saw responses to World Alzheimer’s Day which was yesterday on September 22nd 2015. I don’t especially like the term ‘wandering’ for people with dementia. This term, like ‘challenging behaviours’ has become seemingly legitimised through […]

‘Dementia friendly’ checkouts: more than a fad?

Tesco and Asda are two of the stores which have introduced ‘dementia friendly checkouts’ in supermarkets according to two reports. Both reports refer to ‘training’ even though the Alzheimer’s Society state clearly ‘Dementia Friends’ is about information sessions, not training Both reports refer to the ‘Dementia Friends’ programme and the Alzheimer’s Society. I myself am a […]

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 […]

Does combating stigma offend the ‘rights based approach’ in dementia?

Let’s for the sake of brevity keep the definition of ‘stigma’ short – but of course it has to be attempted in some way. Stigma, according to the current Oxford English Dictionary is defined as follows firstly. “A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person:the stigma of mental disorder to be […]

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 […]

It is now clear people with dementia and caregivers need to set the #globaldementia agenda

“Urgent” and “call for action” have become the potent memes in messaging radical transformative change. Hence the title of the statement about the #globaldementia event, held earlier this week in Geneva, came as no surprise to me.  What did genuinely come as a surprise was how accommodating both WHO and the Alzheimer’s Disease International were […]

Kate Swaffer urges that research should not only focus on cure but also should examine care

This was my ‘pledge’ for #globaldementia It reflects Kate Swaffer talking about people with dementia and caregivers being ‘equal partners’. I couldn’t agree more. This is my enhanced version of ‘no decision about us without us’. It’s my way of saying “do not inadvertently create division” by making people with dementia seem like targets of […]