Tag Archives: Dementia

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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It’s What We Can Do, Not What We Can’t

I spent a very entertaining and rewarding morning at Worcester Warriors RFC yesterday, visiting their Dementia Cafe. Actually, referring to it as a cafe does the venture a serious disservice. It’s more of an activity group for 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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That’s What Christmas Means to Me.

I’ve just listened to a song called “That’s What Christmas Means to Me”. It came on the radio as I was chopping red cabbage, if you’re interested. It made me think that I’m not sure what Christmas means to me … Continue reading

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