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...

Singing Together (part 2). No Ifs No Buts. For All Of Us.

Singing Together (part 2). No Ifs No Buts. For All Of Us.

Amidst the worry and fear of the COVID-19 outbreak something wonderful is happening.  We’re Singing Together. When Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus launched online this week – 15,000 of us from around the globe joined in live and a whopping 86,000 watched the...

Dear Life

Dear Life

An elderly man appears on a hospital's A & E list one Friday night.   Michael Richardson’s pacemaker has literally exploded out of his chest and he is now cradling it gingerly in his hands, “slithering in blood and pus”. Dr Rachel Clarke’s first instinct is to...

The Two Faces of Twitter – a heartwarming Christmas story

The Two Faces of Twitter – a heartwarming Christmas story

My husband, who’s been involved with politics one way or another for over 30 years, looked at his Twitter feed a few days before the general election and said he’d never known such a vitriolic campaign. I wearily agreed.  It’s been an unedifying sight watching...

The Longest Farewell

The Longest Farewell

The Longest Farewell is a hard book to read.  It is also an important book with a profound and, against all the odds, ultimately hopeful message. In it, Nula Suchet speaks the unspeakable: she rails against “the bastard dementia” that afflicted her late husband James...

Thanks For The Music – why dementia is a team game

An envelope arrived in the post the other day from Southampton university.  In it was a map – a Map of the Tracks.  Intrigued, I unfolded the purple and pink paper to be met by names and places that swept me back to my uni days. There they all were: Swaythling,...

Only Connect

I’ve always had a soft spot for John Humphrys, who retired from R4’s Today programme this week after 32 years in the role.  Perhaps it’s because he’s a Welshman and I undertook my postgraduate journalistic training in Cardiff or it could be that, like him or not, he’s...

Pippa Kelly

"Storytelling with Pippa. Wow!"

"I absolutely loved the story telling work - it’s helped me focus on my purpose for my change challenge."

"Story telling was the most impactful and conveyed in a way that felt manageable to take away and apply."

Feedback from my Power of Storytelling sessions for NHS and Social Care leaders.

"Inspirational, compassionate, thought-provoking – feedback from Pippa Kelly’s conference speech was outstanding."

Carers Oxfordshire

“One of the foremost writers of the day on the elderly, social care and health, particularly dementia, it is with good reason that Pippa Kelly has been awarded top honours in this field."

Sue Saville, former Medical Correspondent, ITV News

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