Wendy Mitchell, right, has become an outspoken advocate for people diagnosed with dementia. Here, she is seen at a conference about dementia in England with Alison Holloway of HealthWatch.  |  HealthWatch photo

Woman shares dementia struggle

Author goes public with what is usually a private battle after diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 58

Wendy Mitchell has had her share of challenges. As a child growing up in England she struggled academically. In college she found it difficult to make friends. After her marriage ended, she struggled with loneliness as she worked two cleaning jobs to support two young daughters. By nature a self-sufficient person, she put a smile […] Read more

Author offers practical tips for travelling with dementia

When people first meet Wendy Mitchell, or read her book or her blog, or hear her being interviewed, they sometimes find it hard to believe that she has dementia. She travels around England speaking, attending meetings and visiting friends. Traveling alone, in a densely populated country with a robust public transportation system that is heavily […] Read more

Language choice important when dealing with dementia

Wendy Mitchell still remembers the dismay she felt when she was getting the results of her latest memory tests. “You’re a little worse than last time,” the doctor told her. She felt her heart sink inside her chest. Related stories: Woman shares dementia struggle Author offers practical tips for travelling with dementia She knows she […] Read more


Age-related dementia rates are falling at the same time that society’s ability to meet the needs of older people in the community are rising.  |  File photo

Multiple studies find dementia is decreasing

The declining rate is linked to higher levels of education and better control of heart disease and high blood pressure

At a time when the only medical treatments available for dementia are providing, at best, a little help, there is some good news about this dreaded disease. Studies in England, Wales, Denmark and the United States have found that dementia rates are going down. In England and Wales, it was found that dementia rates have […] Read more

Finding appropriate activities to ease the lives of dementia patients may be as easy as visiting a toy store. | Getty image

Dealing with dementia through play

Finding appropriate activities to ease the lives of dementia patients may be as easy as visiting a toy store

Family members and other caregivers often find it difficult to care for a person suffering from dementia, even though many view it as a labour of love. It can be difficult to find activities that engage the patient as the disease progresses. Without being disrespectful to the person’s age, digging through a forgotten toy box […] Read more