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  • Anne de Gruchy Thu, 27/08/2015 - 18:00

    I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day, about how illness can define us. It got me thinking about my own up-and-down mental health, and how it has shaped my life over the years. It also got me thinking about my dad.

  • Justine Schneider
    Justine Schneider Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:24

    The Mary Chester club is a day centre in Perth run by the Alzheimer’s Society of Western Australia.  They opened their doors today to hundreds of delegates to the Alzheimer Disease International conference.

  • Kevin Harvey
    Kevin Harvey Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:21

    Recently I saw an item on the news which reported on the therapeutic value of table tennis. Indulging in regular bouts of the game, according to new research, can lessen the symptoms of dementia and, potentially, even ward off its onset.

  • Tom Dening
    Tom Dening Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:10

    There seems little doubt that dementia sells newspapers these days. Barely a week goes past without a new sensation – Miracle Cure! ….Eat This, Eat That!... XXX gives you Alzheimers’!! What is an ordinary person supposed to make of this barrage?

  • Tom Dening
    Tom Dening Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:07

    Like many people, I like to feed the birds in my garden. They eat about a kilogram of seeds every week from two bird feeders.

  • Tom Dening
    Tom Dening Wed, 19/08/2015 - 17:01

    Public appetite for information about dementia is about more than just awareness. It’s more like a great thirst, and has taken my breath away on at least two occasions recently.

  • Anne de Gruchy Mon, 17/08/2015 - 12:00

    This morning, on my way to my Quaker Meeting, I rescued a child. Well, not exactly rescued, but I did respond to a distress call.

  • Anne de Gruchy Thu, 30/07/2015 - 15:00

    It is a strange thing, the ups and downs of a long-distance carer’s life. When your visits or phone calls are frequent, or the paperwork overwhelming, you’d give anything for a break.

  • Anne de Gruchy Thu, 16/07/2015 - 18:00

    In Meeting this morning, a Quaker friend shared her response to, and feelings about, being a Befriender to people living with dementia.

  • Anne de Gruchy Tue, 07/07/2015 - 09:00

    Dementia Caring with Love. Here, for your perusal, is another set of ‘Tentative Tips’. As I said in Part One, please do take them for what they are – ideas shared in the hope they might prove useful to others as they have proved useful to me and other carers I have talked to.

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