This week has been tiring and at times busy, but it has also been a time of reflection.
A lot has happened and a lot has changed over the last five years or so.
But in many ways, nothing has changed.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, the Long Term NHS Plan, The Green Paper on Health and Social Care all fall short on what is necessary to alleviate the concerns of people living with Dementia, other Disabilities and the United Nations.
The lack of post diagnosis support services and assessments from the point of a diagnosis is still lacking especially if you are under 65.
Equality of services is another issue that needs addressing as is the involvement of the LBGT and BAME communities in bringing about change, to better the lives of people living with Dementia, other disabilities and their care partners.
Removing stigma and ignorance of professionals and society as a whole.
Changing the narrative of the media to be more enabling rather than disabling.
Whether any of these can be achieved in my lifetime is unknown, as many things are still as they were 40 years ago.
Hopefully in another 40 years, society will look back in shame at the way people with Dementia and other disabilities are treated.
But that will be too late for many of us.
This week I had a go at some poetry – see what you think
“So, there is a lot you can do to make it easier for your patients who live every day and every hour with their dementia to get the help, care and understanding they need and deserve in order to live as well as they can.
And remember: 25% of people with dementia only leave their homes once a month. There’s a good chance it will be you who they visit. Make it a good day for them.“
George Rook’s blog titled Be A Dementia Friendly General Practice
“There is a growing movement of people with dementia with a new (or a louder) voice that is now seeking, rightly, to take ownership of research under the ‘nothing about us without us’ rallying call. Indeed, as my friend Paul, a member of York Minds and Voices, said several years ago now, ‘If you’re doing research about dementia and you don’t include people with dementia, then you’re wasting your bloody time’.”
Damian Murphy’s blog for Innovation in Dementias CIC titled Comfortable