Book review: “People with dementia speak out” by Lucy Whitman

Published by Jessica Kingsley publishers, 2015. ISBN-10: 1849052700 ISBN-13: 978-1849052702   It’s a necessity of civilised citizenship that voices are listened to. A particular issue with the narrative on dementia is that it has sometimes been unclear whose story we are listening to. It’s easy to ignore some stories if they don’t fit a big […]

‘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┬áBoth 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 […]