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  • 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.

  • Anne de Gruchy Wed, 10/06/2015 - 16:31

    My dad was 90 earlier this year. My sisters and I spent a good few weeks debating the benefits and pitfalls of a big party.

  • Anne de Gruchy Thu, 28/05/2015 - 17:17

    How to stay standing and happy alongside the person you care for with dementia.  I’ve worked for many years in the field of mental health, but nothing prepared me for the emotional reaction of becoming a carer myself.

  • Anne de Gruchy Mon, 18/05/2015 - 17:19

    I don’t find caring for my dad easy.  The word ‘carer’ slips out freely enough – I have worked with carers and in the field of mental health over many years and, just as I am not shy of admitting to having mental health problems, I am happy to identify myself as a carer.

  • Anne de Gruchy Wed, 13/05/2015 - 14:00

    I have just come back from a trip down to Dorset to stay with my dad.  My dad lives in a beautiful small north Dorset town, and it should be (and mainly is) a pleasure to visit.