his is a fabulous piece by Lucy Small – @thesmallplaces – exploring looping and how people “become” or are expected to become the labels attributed to them. Many people living with dementia are labelled. I hear of “wanderers” , “screamers”, “double handers” , “softs”(people who manage with a soft diet). By using labels as the primary reference point for a person we diminish them to difference and ultimately indifference . That otherness, created through difference, can foster an environment where the person is seen as less than equal. In such settings, poor care, and sometimes ultimately abuse ,can happen (Tan)
I live in Bristol, and work in Cardiff, so I spend a lot of time on buses and trains, and whilst I’m pretty efficient at working on buses and trains I’ve always hated that ‘waiting around’ time at stations and stops… until I discovered podcasts. Like millions of others, I got hooked on Serial and the Moth, and now I think I may have a new favourite: Invisibilia. Produced by NPR (like Serial), Invisibilia ‘is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions’. Sounds a bit… weird? If you do nothing else this weekend, listen to Batman, it’s first episode (sent to me by Alison R – thanks Alison!). Listen to it whilst you’re washing up, driving somewhere, running on a treadmill. And if listening isn’t the medium for you, there’s a transcript.
Batman opens with a discussion of an incredible experiment by
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