Why I love dementia research

First of all, I should not actually ‘love dementia research’ if only because I’ve been doing it discontinuously since my finals in neuroscience at Cambridge in 1995-6. Familiary breeds contempt, and all that. I think meeting three people in the last year really turbo-boosted my interest in research into dementia. And I think if you […]

Researchers, like politicians, must represent the general public in the dementia discourse

Politicians are democratically elected, but researchers are not. It might be inferred, sometimes, that researchers get their ‘political mandate’ from politicians. Against this idea is that members of the general public are free to see research monies going into research which is particularly merit-worthy. It struck me how little intellectual rigour has been applied into […]

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 […]

Where now for the English dementia strategy? My views on policy. #kfdementia

It is estimated that in 2015 there will be 850,000 people living with dementia. Having decided at the beginning of last year that I would to any conferences on dementia, I found myself attending the Alzheimer’s Show in London Olympia and Manchester; the Alzheimer’s Association conference in Copenhagen of a book signing, Alzheimer’s Europe conference […]

My research on #G8dementia and on markets for the @AlzheimerEurope conference 2014

I will be presenting two posters on attitudes amongst the general public towards the ‘G8 dementia’ event as it was then. I was aghast that out of 75 web articles that the phrase “Living well with dementia” wasn’t used once. There was a huge bias towards the medical model of dementia. Respondents overwhelmingly felt that […]

“Stop using stigma to raise money for us”, says a leading advocate living well with dementia

Let me introduce you to Dr Richard Taylor, a member of the Dementia Alliance International living well with dementia, in case you’ve never heard of Richard. “We shouldn’t be put on ice”, remarks Taylor. “Or when we shouldn’t be put in a freezer, when we our caregivers go on holiday. We too should take a […]