Author Archives: duncancajones

About duncancajones

I am a coach and mentor, a charity trustee and a journalist. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

It’s Just Hard

It’s difficult, probably impossible, to appreciate what lockdown means to people living with dementia. For the past three months or so, I have been speaking to someone with vascular dementia every week. We’ve become friends, each – I hope – … Continue reading

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Let The Music Play

Keeping in touch and keeping active has been a theme of the Three Nations Dementia Working Group @3NDWG during lockdown. They’ve worked tirelessly to keep people whose lives are affected by dementia connected. I try to attend every session as … Continue reading

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Dementia and Inequality

Mum wasn’t a radical, something you might have gleaned from reading these ramblings over the years. She gave up work when I was born, returning in a series of part-time, voluntary roles after my sister and I had grown and … Continue reading

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There is no them and us.

When Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease eleven years ago, I knew very little about what it meant. There was nothing on offer from the consultant – come back in six months – and I had no concept of what … Continue reading

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Who cares for the carers?

It’s a question I asked in this blog many years ago, when Mum was still trying to live independently at home. I feel like something of a fraud when I talk about being a carer myself – I was strictly … Continue reading

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The Covid Tsunami

“We’re on the beach, waiting for the tsunami with a bucket and sponge.” The words of someone at the front line of dementia care and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. It chilled me. I know that supporting people living with … Continue reading

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Dementia and Covid-19

The first lesson I learned when Mum was diagnosed with dementia 11 years ago was one which particularly resonated with me today. When you’ve met one person with dementia, I was told, you’ve met one person with dementia. Today, I … Continue reading

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Three Years On

It’s three years this week since Mum died. Three short years in some ways and yet, in others, it seems like an eternity. I found myself thinking about how I felt when she died when I wrote an email to … Continue reading

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Care Homes and Covid-19

Three years ago, Mum was in the last two weeks of her life. Her final dementia-generated decline was underway. I’ve been thinking a lot about that time recently and not just because the anniversary of her death is so close. … Continue reading

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Increased Risk? You bet.

These are strange and troubling times. Every day, the threat posed by coronavirus seems to increase and I don’t know about you, but that threat seems to creep ever closer. As we keep being told, Covid-19 is no respecter of … Continue reading

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