Blame Alice: how language wilfully produces power imbalances in dementia

People who’ve received a diagnosis become entwined in power games, often from clinicians, often conferring blame on them. As public health and discussion of non-communicable diseases produces more detailed effective messaging of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, we have to be careful. That is, people find themselves ‘to blame’ for developing dementias, […]

Personhood-focused relationships: a moral drive to get away from the transactional nature of care

In a way, the approach thus far has been very straightforward. Even after abolishing ‘asylums’ for mental illness, Tom Kitwood pointed out the remains of the asylum days. That is, with all the best will in the world from all parties involved, a tendency towards ‘warehousing’ of people with later stages of dementia. In such places, […]

Person-centred care’s focus shouldn’t be profit generation. But it does deserve attention in dementia.

Often ‘person centred care’ can be synonymous with profit generation in the private sector, hence a focus more on purses than persons as once quipped by Kate Swaffer, but it is a methodology whose roots warrant scrutiny. It gets away from the idea of patients as fodder for biochemical and neuroimaging investigations, with not much to […]

“There’s more to a person than the dementia”. Why personhood matters for future dementia policy.

“Dementia Friends” is an initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England. In this series of blogpost, I take an independent look at each of the five core messages of “Dementia Friends” and I try to explain why they are extremely important for raising public awareness of the dementias.     There’s more to […]