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‘Whole person care’ has been done by family doctors for years. We do not need yet more managerial silos.

“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” -Mary Kay Ash People living with dementia are generally not kept ‘in the loop’ about major decisions in the running of their health and social care services. Whereas some politicians clearly see some capital in promoting dementia, it […]

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Is the use of GPS “trackers” for people living with dementia necessary and proportionate?

This is the introduction to “Living better with dementia: how champions can challenge the boundaries”, chapter 12, “Do GPS trackers have a rôle to play in living better with dementia?”     “We live in a ‘surveillance society’. If you happen to log in on Facebook, Facebook can identify your location exactly, and then can […]

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The selling of dementia-related service products bears an uncanny resemblance to the selling of securitised mortgage products

There is a need for high quality dementia services in the United Kingdom. There are about one million people living with dementia currently, and there are many services which might be relevant to them: like adequate signage to improve spatial navigation, good advocacy services, good advice for ‘dementia friendly wards’, good assistive technologies, and so […]

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Personalised medicine, genetics and Big Data: the “New Jerusalem” for dementia?

The fact that there are real individuals at the heart of a policy strand summarised as ‘young onset dementia’ is all too easily forgotten, especially by people who prefer to construct “policy by spreadsheet”. It is relatively uncommon for a dementia to be down to a single gene, but it can happen. And certainly, even […]

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The introduction to my chapter on leadership in my follow up book on wellbeing in dementia

“All Russia is our orchard. The earth is so wide, so beautiful, so full of wonderful places. [Pause]. Just think, Anya. Your grandfather, your great-grandfather and all your ancestors owned serfs, they owned human souls. Don’t you see that from every cherry-tree in the orchard, from every leaf and every trunk, men and women are […]

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A prism of view of ‘dementia’ which is binary does not do anyone any favours

People like to make mental shortcuts. Known as ‘heuristics’, they are convenient tools to save time and energy. For example, when you’re buying a new tablet, you might be really biased towards one which can show photographs in very high resolution. The word “dementia” itself is a shortcut for people to summarise the fundamental way […]