The past flits and flutters back into my thoughts and alights on the branches of memory: Snowdrifts in front of Selby Abbey glowing in the warmth of Christmas lights, echoing the sounds of brass and song as carols waft in a chilly breeze; A chill north wind funnels through the ancient Bridge of Don as excited children […]
Rebecca, a retired physician, often feels anxious and overwhelmed. Now wheelchair bound due to Parkinson’s disease, she’s frustrated by immobility and memory loss caused by dementia. But, when her brother, Steve, visits and plays hymns for her using his phone, Rebecca’s face exhibits joy and excitement. As the music plays, they sing along, and Rebecca […]
Back on October 25, 2014, a group of twenty-two delegates from across the globe gathered in a downtown Vancouver hotel on a rainy Saturday morning to look at ways of starting a new organization focused upon a rare type of dementia – frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This included examining methods to enhance collaboration and the sharing of information, especially in the digital age. The group was there as part of The 9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias.
I was a post-war baby. In recent years I’ve realised just how much the war and its aftermath shaped the atmosphere of the world I grew up in. I knew there had been a war but could never understand why everyone spent so much time talking about it. I now know, of course, that whilst […]
In my previous blog, I looked at the concept of relational care – creating a network of support based on mutuality of affection, knowledge, and acceptance – and proposed that: ‘Rather than focussing on restoring ‘independence’ without looking at its implications, social care should be directed towards re-creating agency and autonomy, enabling contribution by ensuring […]
The aim of the conference is to highlight different aspects of the contribution made by older people and the importance of embracing new possibilities with and by older people noticing how we change and develop as we age and how we express our needs.
The past 18 months have been a tragic and brutal reminder of the impacts of serious illness, dying and bereavement. Whilst individual experiences have varied greatly, COVID-19 has highlighted an eternal truth: we are a community rooted in the shared experience of mortality. We are all vulnerable ultimately to the fears, uncertainties, suffering and losses […]
It’s easy to feel that an interest in ethics or philosophy is only loosely connected to everyday life, but of course the theories they generate can be investigated and evidenced for their practical impact. The care of older people is a case in point. The nature and definitions of health, wellbeing, responsibility, reciprocity and many […]
….. I love the freedom to be able to let ideas and thoughts develop in a way that is without frameworks.
….. My work leading Compassionate Inverclyde is exactly like that. There is no prescription, it evolves daily, naturally following its own path, listening to the ideas of a community and letting that grass root thinking emerge. …..
Debbie Thrower invites greater participation in Scotland in Anna Chaplaincy for Older People. ‘It is gaining traction in many parts of the UK’, she writes, ‘as an effective way of supporting people post retirement and benefitting from the gifts and skills of people in later life. It is time to see more such work in […]