Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dementia: ‘Its A No Brainer’

The last time I was at the  Madhyamaka Meditation Centre Kelsang Dorde concluded his meditation session with : ‘its a no brainer’. Yesterday’ he deliberately did the same after reading out this quote from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso: ‘When things go wrong … Continue reading

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Dementia: What A Team!

It took a real team effort to ease Maureen into Ashgrove Care Home yesterday.  She was at her articulate best to frustrate any plans to remove her from her home and separate her from her husband.  However one carefully construed … Continue reading

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Dementia: Two Songs For Today

3.30 am In five hours time the process of admitting Maureen into Ashgrove Care Home will begin . The Home Treatment Team will be here a couple of hours later to support me as we ease Maureen a mile down … Continue reading

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Dementia: Respite Begins Tomorrow

Ashgrove Care Home are not able to carry out their assessment of Maureen until 8.30  tomorrow morning.  This will then give me a couple of hours to try to personalise her room while she is being looked after by a … Continue reading

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Dementia: Early Morning Update

  3.00 am I have just put in a call to Single Point of Access requesting support in the morning to place Maureen in Ashgrove Care Home for a period of immediate respite.  This request will be on our social … Continue reading

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Dementia: On Target? (Week 3)

I have decided to adopt a new Working Position as I strive to do a good job as Maureen’s Care Partner:  Accept What You Can’t Change and Try To Change What You Can’t Accept. Yesterday morning was a classic as … Continue reading

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“Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia”

Released 15 September 2016 The book Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, co-authored with Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low was released officially on September 15 and has been well received. Professor Henry Brodarty wrote the Foreword for it, which I am sharing here: Thank…

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Dementia: A Lucky Musical Break

I heard Maureen crying  on the Baby Monitor at 4 am this morning so I picked up my pillow and joined her in the marital bed.  As I lay down she told me that she thought I was in bed … Continue reading

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Dementia: Chlorine Is Preferable To Urine

  I actually made it to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre yesterday morning to self-administer a bit of TLC to my tired body and mind.  The aroma in the swimming pool, sauna, and spa, was a pleasant relief from what had accompanied … Continue reading

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Dementia: Happy Birthday Son

Steven my only son is 36 today. He lives in Chester and I haven’t seen him for a couple of years: yet another casualty when dementia is the elephant in the room. A day trip on the train beckons. Why … Continue reading

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