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Independent Age, Older People in the Media Awards - 13Nov14

Receiving my Older People in the Media Award 2014 from John Sergeant

Like so many others, I first became involved with the elderly, their care and its funding when my own parents grew old and frail.  The first piece that I wrote on the subject of mum’s dementia appeared in the Sunday Express ‘S’ Magazine.  To protect my parents, I wrote it under a pseudonym; years later it appeared online: Dementia: The longest cruellest goodbye .  This was to be the first of many articles on the subject of the elderly and dementia to appear in newspapers, magazines and online.   More recently I have started to appear at events talking about dementia and elderly care issues.

Here are a few of my articles, blogs and public appearances:

Guardian, July 2017 Dementia Nurses Provide A Lifeline For Carers

Talk at The Haslemere Bookshop to promote Invisible Ink & talk about dementia, May 2017

Member of panel discussion We Need To Talk About Ageing at the Soho Theatre, May 2017

Guest blog for Contact the Elderly on the importance of social interaction for those with dementia, May 2017

Blog for the #AlzAuthors US website on how my carer’s guilt crept into my novel Invisible Ink, April 2017

The Importance Of Human Connections – guest blog for the Daily Sparkle, March 2017

Talk at The Bookshop, Topsham, to promote my novel Invisible Ink & talk about dementia, March 2017

A Tribute To Mum – guest blog for Hull University’s Remember Me project exploring the changing face of memorialisation, February 2017

My Call For People With Dementia To Stop Being Treated Like Second Class Citizens – Mirror Online, November 2016

Four Lessons Children Can Teach Us – mariashriver.com, June 2016

At The Heart Of All Care Is The Person – June 2016 – speech to NHS Confederation

My dementia story for the #AlzAuthors US website of dementia writers – June 2016

Warwick Business School Case Challenge – April 2016 – member of panel of experts advising competing MBA teams to come up with innovative solutions to enable elderly people with dementia to live in their own homes for longer

Can you tell that Paul, 58, has dementia? – Guardian, February 2016

Growing Old Together, an NHS Confederation report from the Commission on Urgent Care on Older People, to which I contributed (p5), January 2016

The Choirboy Sang And Mum’s Eyes Opened – Daily Telegraph, December 2015

The Danger of Making Assumptions – Huffington Post, December 2015

Four Important Life Lessons We Can Learn From Dementia – mariashriver.com, November 2015

It’s Important To Talk To Your Parents Before It’s Too Late – mariashriver.com, August 2015

Society’s Treatment of Those with Dementia Reflects on Us All – Huffington Post, May 2015

If Julianne Moore bags an Oscar we all win – Huffington Post, February 2015

Mr Alzheimers and Me – My review of a ground-breaking TV programme on dementia, The Guardian, February 2015

Dementia stole my mother from me, but also revealed a shocking truth – The Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine, December 2014

German centres bring lonely older people and children together – The Guardian, October 2014

Guest blog for Open Forum Events about a conference on innovations in dementia held at the Barbican, London , July 2014

Will the G8 dementia summit improve care in the UK? – The Guardian, December 2013

Who’s really at fault over care for the elderly? We are – Thunderer column, The Times, June 2013

Please let doctors help the dying as they did my family – Thunderer column, The Times, November 2012

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours programme, February 2012, talking about claiming for NHS Continuing Health Care – the piece starts at 23’40”, my contribution is at 26’40”

My father saved all his life – but was failed by the NHS – The Sunday Telegraph, March 2010

Lest we forget: There can be light in the darkness for those affected by dementia –  The Sunday Express S Magazine, May 2013