Sign-up to help step-up research into dementia: new service enables people to volunteer for research studies #joindementiaresearch @beatdementia

Of all the dementia initiatives announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, this weekend it may prove the pivotal one.  It may not grab headlines in the same way as £ commitments to research or new institutes (although it is doing pretty well). But, without it, this expenditure will be worthless. For other patient populations it … Continue reading Sign-up to help step-up research into dementia: new service enables people to volunteer for research studies #joindementiaresearch @beatdementia

A nod to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit (agenda published)

It is no surprise that, in death as in life, Nelson Mandela has caused us to gaze upon humanity with warmth and optimism. I am sure I am not alone in having taken a great deal of pleasure from reading the celebrations of his life and reflecting on how different tomorrow would look were it not … Continue reading A nod to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit (agenda published)

Comment: Is the G8 Dementia Summit about scaling new heights or making base camp?

This time next week they will be laying the tables and giving the carpet at Lancaster House in London one last hoover. All in preparation for the G8 Dementia Summit on 10/11th December 2013. I expect the current stream of articles and stories about dementia will become a veritable flood ahead of the big day. … Continue reading Comment: Is the G8 Dementia Summit about scaling new heights or making base camp?

Blog: Alzheimer’s should be more than a footnote in Mrs Thatcher’s story #Thatcher

Alzheimer's disease is getting a reputation for its merciless pursuit of the political elite of the 70s and 80s.  Think Harold Wilson, Ronald Reagan and now Mrs Thatcher.  One hopes that some good may come of it; a doubling of the efforts to find a cure would be a most suitable legacy. Of their passing from this … Continue reading Blog: Alzheimer’s should be more than a footnote in Mrs Thatcher’s story #Thatcher

Blog: How the painter’s brush can help us see the person behind Alzheimer’s disease

We were decluttering the flat this morning and I came across this picture. It had been on my boys' bedroom wall until it was replaced by a Crystal Palace FC 2013 calendar a few weeks ago! In the late nineties I was living in the United States. Off and on, I volunteered for the Cincinnati … Continue reading Blog: How the painter’s brush can help us see the person behind Alzheimer’s disease