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...

My Inspirations

My Inspirations

Of course dementia is terrible - it's cruel and so far incurable; it's the condition that those over 55 fear most.  But as a campaigner and writer I feel lucky because the people I meet - those living with dementia, their families and carers, and others involved in...

My Inspirations

Music and Dementia

In my second vlog I share my passion for music and dementia with my childhood friend and distinguished broadcaster Sue Saville.   Join us as we chat about the final precious moments I shared with my mum, why music has such power to connect with people even...

My first video podcast

My first video podcast

Welcome to my very first video podcast - or vlog!  It's the introductory episode of an occasional series and in it I chat to my childhood friend, distinguished broadcaster and journalist Sue Saville, about my family's dementia story.   (Best viewed, if...

Our Dementia Choir

Our Dementia Choir

At one point in BBC 1's Our Dementia Choir, the wife of 67-year-old Chris, who is living with the condition, says to Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure, “What you’ve given Chris is unbelievable”. And it is.  For Chris’s rare type of frontal temporal dementia affects his...

The Art of Living

What do you see when you look at this painting?  A couple in the foreground who look a bit bored in what looks to be a gallery or artist’s studio?  Or perhaps your gaze goes straight to the collection of impressive looking busts and the striking white horse which, it...

Pippa Kelly
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— 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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