Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s Society

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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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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A Happy New Year?

I feel as if I’ve shared similar thoughts on New Year’s Eves gone by and frankly, it’s rather depressing and shameful that the words are as significant on the cusp of a new decade as they were ten years ago. … Continue reading

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Thank you for the Music

I’ve written before about how music, like a popular Dutch beverage, reaches the parts other things can’t. Today, I spent a lovely morning at an Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the BrainĀ session in Coventry, hosted by Dave Willetts, swapping the West … Continue reading

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Do We Care?

It’s a simple, four letter word. It should be the most positive four-letter word there is. So why is care such a vexatious issue in this country? Are we really as uncaring as it sometimes seems? We are waiting for … Continue reading

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Remembering

12 months ago this morning came the ‘phone call. Mum’s dementia story was over. Her doctor told us, as the final decline set in, that it could be months. We knew better. Mum had let go. The end was fairly … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mum

It’s Mum’s birthday. Or at least it would have been. It’s 12 months since that photograph was taken to celebrate Mum’sĀ  birthday, her 80th and her last. The final decline started soon after and she left us a little over … Continue reading

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Walking for Mum

A charity, or a business for that matter, needs a device with which to promote its key objective. Think Macmillan’s Coffee Mornings for example. For us at the Alzheimer’s Society, it’s Memory Walk, a series of fund-and-awareness-raising events which take … Continue reading

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Three Months and Counting

It’s three months since Mum died. In some ways, it feels like yesterday and in others, a lifetime ago. Even reading that back feels strange but my regular visits to Mum, the singing, the tears, the laughter, seem to belong … Continue reading

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