“Ich hab mich verloren” (“I am lost.”) The words of Auguste Deter – the first person ever diagnosed with dementia – came back to me as the wonderful Dr Jennifer Bute, told us about her decade of living with the condition. “If a person is lost, they need to […]
Beware the baby boomer time bomb!
Why knowing about dementia can be good for your business and help those living with it FREE seminar 28th October 4.30-6.00 PM £6,700 billion (80%) of the country’s wealth is owned by the people over 50 One person in three over 65 is predicted at some stage to have to live with dementia Many […]
Dementia my family and I – advice for the individual and for business
Dementia at home and work – the legal (and non-legal) implications Eighty percent of the nations wealth is owned by those over 50. The numbers of people living with dementia over the age of 65 is on the increase. What are the implications for you, your family and your business? How can you best act for […]
Everyone has the right to a day at the seaside
It’s a universal right to get sand between your toes, smell the ozone, hear the seagulls, watch the tide lapping the shore and eat an ice cream. This applies if you are one or 101. Whatever stage your dementia has reached all of these can be experienced in the moment and enjoyed. They are also […]
Poor care could get you five years in jail
It’s time all those involved in the care of the vulnerable woke up to their obligations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘the Act’). Eighty per cent of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problem. They are all entitled to have their rights under the Act respected. While, at […]
The Right to say NO
We all have the right to refuse medical treatment. If it is carried out without our consent then it can constitute an assault and give rise to both civil and criminal proceedings. But what is the position if we are unconscious at the time or otherwise lacking in mental capacity? If we do lack […]
White mice, Nazis, Elephants and my Mum
As I tucked in to my BLT, minus the lettuce, who has lettuce for breakfast? I reflected I’d driven 500 miles in the last few days visiting Birmingham, Norwich and Peterborough. Birmingham to see my mum Maureen. 84 years of age and still a natural blond! She looks damn good for it. Spread across her […]
Death and dementia – the last taboos? – Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall
Sue Ryder do some fantastic work in palliative care. When they invited me to help run a Death Café at Thorpe Hall I jumped at the chance. The last one went so well we have another coming up. We wont only be talking about death but also about dementia. This may sound gloomy stuff but […]
Do you live in a Dementia friendly town?
Guardian Healthcare “For example, we are working to make Crawley a “dementia-friendly town”. We are increasing diagnosis rates and awareness while working with organisations such as the police and fire service to ensure there is a network of dementia-friendly organisations trying to make life as normal as possible for people suffering with dementia and for […]
Do you live in a dementia friendly environment?
It’s Dementia Awareness week until the 25th May. Do take part. Dementia will affect 1 in 3 over the age of 65. We all need to learn more. Many of us view dementia as a loss of memory and the ability to communicate. But what about the ability to see, or more to the point […]