“battling” [the] “horrible”

Last Sunday I watched and listened to the Secretary State of Health on BBC One: The Secretary of state began: Politicians often use military metaphors when discussing health and care: … Continue reading “battling” [the] “horrible”

Dementia: Global Progress: Local impact “Exhibitor, sponsorship and promotion options”

Tickets are now on sale for this Alzheimer Scotland Conference:   In terms of “dementia awareness” I have recently offered my personal view on the current Alzheimer Scotland “campaign” which encourages … Continue reading Dementia: Global Progress: Local impact “Exhibitor, sponsorship and promotion options”

“Toxic certainty” – Alzheimer’s Society

In a recent post I asked ten questions of Alzheimer Scotland. I was worried that they were in a bit of a muddle. So far Alzheimer Scotland has not answered … Continue reading “Toxic certainty” – Alzheimer’s Society

British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

This week’s BMJ provides a useful overview of the thorny issue of seeking an earlier diagnosis in dementia. I have always argued that a push for “early” diagnosis, using what … Continue reading British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

This report has just been published in the BMJ: It has attracted this response from a “free spirit” and “old man”: The article begins: “GPs have again raised the question … Continue reading Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

On the 30th October I received this most helpful reply from Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the Scottish Government. The full letter is as follows … Continue reading Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”

On the 3rd October 2013 I was invited as one of the speakers at the Royal College of General Practice Annual Conference in Harrogate. The Debate was in the main … Continue reading GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

“Truth telling and dementia”

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, has arranged a meeting for the 5th June 2013 to discuss the diagnosis of dementia as much debated of late in the BMJ. … Continue reading “Truth telling and dementia”