Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls

It’s not every day you see a former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer washing someone’s feet.  In this case it’s Ed Balls, on his knees soaping the toes of 94-year-old Phyllis and asking her if she likes the water warm or hot, and what sort of dancing she used to do....

Raising more than funds

Raising more than funds

  It was my husband’s idea.  He was having a marquee erected in the garden one weekend for a Saturday event he was hosting and suggested I use it on the Friday evening for a cause close to my heart.  It took me less than a minute to decide that we would hold a...

Dementia Action Week (not such a bad idea after all)

Dementia Action Week (not such a bad idea after all)

Like the best-selling author Wendy Mitchell, I’m not a great believer in awareness weeks, whatever they’re for.  Those with dementia live it every minute of every day of every week of every month of every year, not one week of the year.  Yes, focussed weeks provide a...

Bringing the Inside Out

Bringing the Inside Out

“She doesn’t understand It breaks my heart As if someone pulled my heart out It’s heart wrenching It’s how she puts her hand to the window”. A few lines which, just a year ago, would have been sad, but abstract and inscrutable.  Now, the last line tells us all we need...

RIP Dame Barbara Windsor

RIP Dame Barbara Windsor

I woke up this morning to the news that Dame Barbara Windsor has died aged 83. She was a national treasure.  And never more did this petite figure with the big heart and the golden smile live up to the accolade than when, in her final years, she let the world know...

We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

Jack sits by the river in his garden.   The shadows are lengthening and a silver disc of moon has appeared in the sky. Trees stir and on the damp twilight air he scents the smokey-grey sharpness of a bonfire.  He can’t smell it without remembering.  He’s never spoken...

Barbara Pointon

Barbara Pointon

My family and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Barbara Pointon MBE, who has died aged 80.  And it’s not just us who have cause to thank her.  Thousands of families across the UK have benefited from the landmark case that this Cambridge music lecturer won in...

Reframing Dementia

Reframing Dementia

I came across Robin Hammond’s photographs on Instagram.   It was the extraordinary, earthy beauty of the portraits that first drew me to them.  Every face captured in his lens is old.  And you know, even as you take in the wisdom of their eyes or the dignified curve...

Turtle Song

Sometimes when I sit down to write my blog I realise that words on a page simply won’t cut it.  People need to be there, see the magic, hear the joy.  So it is with Turtle Song, an initiative through which those living with dementia, their loved ones and carers, join...

Love in the time of Covid-19. A daughter’s story.

A recent tweet brought the world up to date with what's been going on in @suzysopenheart’s world.  It is typically outward looking and, as the twitter handle suggests, open hearted, yet with hints of the gritty realities involved when caring for someone you love in...

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