Back in 2012, the UK government promised us that by 2020 this would be the best country in the world for people with dementia and their carers to live. Here’s the news from the front-line. It isn’t.
So this is how we’re going to fix it – me and people like you together – with a total re-boot of dementia care.
Since Lena’s Alzheimers diagnosis in 2013, our life has been a roller-coaster of emotions. Laughter. Tears. Patience. Rage.
There’s been a lot of learning too … about myself as much as Lena.
Now I’m a full-time carer, running’s been my lifeline, giving me the chance to get out and gather my thoughts each day. Me-time.
I started running just after Lena’s diagnosis, 30 kilos overweight and not even able to make it to the end of the street. Now I’m running marathons for England (well, the England over-65 team, at least).
It took 30 years, but I finally published my first novel – and then followed up with a sci-fi satire and another short story that somehow muddled up Jesus and Bin Laden. Hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them … but be warned – they’re not for the faint-hearted.
Here’s the latest …
When you’re a caregiver for a close family member, it’s not so different from being a mum or dad. We do the job that’s facing us and muddle along.read more
People with dementia can sometimes cause embarrassment with new behaviours that don’t follow the norm. But perhaps we can all learn something from them …read more
A report today says that every UK household needs to pay £2000 more in tax to keep the NHS afloat. But do we need new money or new ideas?read more
A breakfast-time story showing how applying simple improv techniques can reduce those stressful dementia moments.read more