Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. I was waiting for the little cheesy-pineapple ones Madame Bibi, and I was rewarded. Abigail’s Party was brilliant.

02. Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist – I haven’t read any but own half (the Batuman, Shamsie and Ward), so that’s a start.

03. This article about the impact of the Stella Prize.

04. The Women in Black by Madeleine St John coming to the big screen (unlikely to beat the musical but I’ll see it anyway).

05. I’ve finished my Understanding Dementia Open Learning course (thanks again to Lisa for the recommendation, the course was brilliant). One article that I particularly liked here and a video here (this made me cry…). And this video (more tears).

06. Interesting article about pop culture.

07. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious – kind of chicken-burrito-meets-lasagne.

08. This quiz predicted I am a middle-class woman in the 40-55 age bracket with a post-graduate education. Well that’s spooky…..! (Note: not sure what to make of some of the choices for each section on music, television and books but nonetheless an interesting exercise).

09. Has anyone used Skyroam? Worth it?

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7 responses

    • Yes, and very well-rounded. I knew a lot about the pathology of dementia already but the units on ‘The Person’ and ‘The Treatment’ had a lot of stuff that was new to me. I was particularly interested in the emphasis on dementia as a terminal illness (I volunteer with a palliative care program), mostly because in all the reading I’d done about dementia prior to the course (and that was a lot!), not one thing I read talked about it as terminal or in a palliative framework (of course, the palliative care program I’m with treats dementia patients).

      I’ve since recommended the course to half a dozen people 🙂

      • Yes, that’s the key thing that I learned too. Previously I’d thought that people got Alzheimer’s but died of ‘old age’ or some other medical condition, I hadn’t understood that Alzheimer’s makes the body shut down because it’s not getting the brain messages to breathe and swallow and so on. And (I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised how often the subject comes up given the age of my friends and their parents) I have noticed how quickly most people steer away from any discussion of that aspect of the disease…

      • Agree. I think people steer away for so many reasons but fear and lack of understanding dominates, compounded by the fact that we can’t help but fast-forward our own lives and wonder if we will be in the same situation (which in turn makes our care for current dementia patients all the more confronting).

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