Filed under: Dementia Thinking

  • Toxic Positivity - what are you not allowed to say about dementia?

    It is OK to be not OK. You can trust some of the people who don’t have dementia, but expertise to help. And people with dementia in the public sphere can be contradicted. If no-one challenges you, you are being patronised and ignored. And subjected to Toxic Positivity.

  • Care Work at Christmas

    At Christmas time we should think of those wonderful people who work in care homes, every day of the year, making life good for frail older people.

  • Murals - nice or nasty?

    When you live with dementia, people sometimes impose art on you, and you are forced to experience art that is not to your taste. One contentious area is the use of murals as “art” in care homes. I use scare quotes because I’m not sure if it is interior decoration masquerading as therapy.

  • Are you too young to start to dodge dementia?

    A message from a young person to other young and not so young people about the value of walking to improve brain health.

  • A young person looks at Dementia - and alcohol

    Our new blogger Katie reflects on how hard it is to establish a direct link between alcohol and dementia, but it is made even harder when the research cohorts include people who may have stopped or started drinking for reasons of ill health.

  • Cicero and Seneca look at Old Age

    What did the Romans do for Ageing?

  • Future planning

    Looking forward? See clearly and plan for older age. People have to do this all over the world.

  • Suicide and Dementia

    No one is happy to have dementia. But we are more afraid of expensive and undignified care than the condition itself

  • Who Should Judge Gene Wilder?

    Coming out about dementia needs to be a personal choice and we must not be bullied.

  • How far forward are we from the Francis report?

    Nurses need to learn how to make change and improvement happen.

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