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...

Carers

This week seems to be all about carers for me.  I opened my inbox to find an email from one of my oldest friends.  Her mum, diagnosed with dementia the year before, died last autumn aged 85 and now her elderly dad, a partially-sighted diabetic, has developed dementia...

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

The BBC has been told to go back to basics and concentrate on public service broadcasting if it wants to survive.  James Kirkup, director of the Social Market Foundation think tank, hailed the corporation for helping to make Britain not just a country but a nation,...

Togetherness

Togetherness

There was a great Twitter exchange about the term “service users” recently.  Big Ian Donaghy, aka @trainingcarers, asked if anybody else hated the phrase as much as he did.  “It’s like they had a contest to find the best word for people we care for and the 31st best...

Only Connect

Only Connect

The other day I caught a mesmerising Radio 4 programme on the history of delusions. In it, Sophie (not her real name) related what it was like to suffer from the traumatising belief that she was dead. She experienced severe depression and a numbing sense of...

Joyous Jukebox Opera

From the moment the slight figure of Francesca Lanza wandered into the nave and started to warm up her vocal cords, I knew that I was in for a treat.  Her soprano voice filled Rosslyn Hill chapel with glorious, unmistakably world-class sound.  And unlike in most opera...

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

I thought I’d share a little bit of magic with you in advance of Remembrance Sunday.  It occurred in Bedford, when grandmother and erstwhile choir member Pat French, who is living with advanced dementia, broke into song. Pat was a little girl during the second world...

Big Ian

Big Ian. The name fits him like a supersize glove. Ian Donaghy, all 6ft 2ins of him, has big ideas, huge energy and a massive Geordie heart. Many of you will know him through his Twitter handle @trainingcarers. As we walked together round the grounds of York...

Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds

Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds

“People are rarely happy on their own.  Which is why multi-generation houses are the model for the future: learning from one another, feeling needed, sharing joy. A real recipe for happiness!” So said Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen, author and patron of a multi-generation...

Pickering House – a tale of our times

Pickering House – a tale of our times

I’ve had a busy summer with much travelling (hence my woeful lack of blogs, for which apologies).  There have also been two weddings and two funerals, to misquote Richard Curtis; and both friends’ funerals were due to dementia. The first of these very sad deaths was...

Pippa Kelly
"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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