For people with dementia (and everyone else) there needs to be such a thing as society19 April 2013,
Nearly 2/3 of people with dementia who live on their own experience feelings of loneliness, according to a report by the Alzheimer’s Society. We need to do more to reduce the social isolation of people with dementia.
Depression, dementia and placebos â not such a bitter pill11 March 2013,
Maybe placebos are a form of anti-depressant but psychological factors in the interaction is more important than what’s in the pill.
Dementia: whose quality of life?4 March 2013,
The latest Alzheimer’s Society report on the care of people with dementia in care homes estimates 80% of those people have either dementia or severe memory problems and that less than 50 per cent have a good quality of life.
Do it for quality of life and well-being!17 December 2012,
The 2012 Dementia Congress showed that there continues to be room for an amazing range of different interventions and support for people with dementia, from care pathways and life story work through to circle dancing and bird watching.
Dementia, cognitive ageing and decline â am I bovvered?15 September 2012,
According to research from the Centre for Cognitive Ageing at Edinburgh University there is very little evidence to show that cognitive deterioration in later life is associated with a decrease in life satisfaction or well being.
The government must take the issue of suicide in older men seriously23 July 2012,
It's important it is to have a proper debate on mental health within men, to find out exactly what is happening on a societal level.
Male depression: the importance of being honest10 May 2012,
The often unhelpful clichés of 'big boys don't cry' and 'what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger' are etched onto the public consciousness and can be a big barrier to men seeking treatment for their mental conditions.
Mental health and later life26 March 2012,
Whilst it’s clearly good news that a study has shown mental wellbeing to improve with age, strong evidence suggests that for around a quarter of people over the age of 65, their mental health not only declines but gets significantly worse.
Our reaction to the the Fairer Care Funding report by Andrew Dilnot4 July 2011,
Today the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, chaired by Andrew Dilnot, publishes its final report, Fairer Care Funding. I was amongst those consulted by the commission.