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My first ‘Dementia Friends’ session is tomorrow. Please sign up.

My first @DementiaFriends session is tomorrow. “Dementia Friends” is a national initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England. This session will be 45 minutes only, after which anyone who wishes to have one will receive a ‘Dementia Friends’ badge. One problem though: you must sign up on the Dementia Friends website for you […]


Inspirational people in dementia? I know them when I see them.

My interest in dementia started about 17 years when a graduate student in cognitive neurology at the University of Cambridge. There’s one thing I can say about brilliant people. They never advertise themselves as brilliant. Take for example when I showed Prof Trevor Robbins my findings from a group of patients with the behavioural variant […]

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Why I feel ‘parity of esteem’ for dementia needs cross-party consolidation

The five giants of Sir William Beveridge are all to do with the externalities in which a person finds himself. I agree with Lord Layard that the ‘sixth giant’ is indeed mental health, and really chimes with my definition of wellbeing as how a person is content with himself or herself and his or her […]


Lots of small gains will see our shared vision for living better with dementia shine through

When I asked Charmaine Hardy (@charbhardy) if she would mind if I could dedicate my next book, ‘Living better with dementia’ to her, I was actually petrified. Obviously, Charmaine had every right to say ‘no’. You see, I met Charmaine through Beth on Twitter, and I saw the three letters ‘PPA’ in Charmaine’s Twitter profile. […]


“Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.”

“McLaughlin: Leadership has so many definitions that sometimes that term loses its meaning. How do you define it? Kouzes: Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations. That part about struggling for shared aspirations may set our definition apart.” I’ve also been though the motions of detailed study of […]


Thanks to Caroline Bartle for an outstanding infogram of my book ‘Living well with dementia’

I’m no stranger to ‘infograms’. ‘Infograms’, ‘Information graphics’ or ‘infographics’ are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly I first met Caroline in the Alzheimer’s Show in London Olympia earlier this year. She is incredibly enthusiastic about the dementia ecosystem – it’s completely genuine and authentic. […]