Beth Britton
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A pioneering campaigner and consultant, writer and blogger with a passion for dementia, health and social care and issues affecting older people, Beth's work has been described as engaging, informative, inspiring and easy to understand.

She believes in appealing to the hearts and minds of her audience, communicating honestly and passionately, and tackling subjects that many people might consider 'difficult'.

After walking side-by-side with her Dad during the 19 years of his dementia, Beth began her D4Dementia blog in May 2012, and just a few months later it was a finalist in the Roses Media Awards alongside the BBC and the Independent newspaper.

Beth's portfolio can be found on her website and her work can be read in a wide variety of online and print media. She also undertakes public speaking engagements.

Her other interests are varied and extensive, and include many different sports and forms of entertainment. She is also passionate about travelling, current affairs, food, relationship and lifestyle issues to name just a few.

Entries by Beth Britton

The Global Challenges of Dementia

(2) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (10:46)

Mixing politics with health and social care is a thorny issue, so it's perhaps no surprise that the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013 and the more recent UK legacy event to follow up the Summit have been contentious.

Dementia is a huge topic, encompassing many different aspects...

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A Small Charity Making a Big Impact

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (18:26)

I suspect that if you ask most people who their favourite charity is, most will reel off a list of the 'big' hitters - Cancer Research, NSPCC, Macmillan, Save the Children, RSPCA, Oxfam, The Red Cross, Christian Aid, the British Heart Foundation, Age UK, The Royal British Legion - the...

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Protecting Our Ageing Loved Ones

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (15:59)

I'm not often moved to write about a TV programme, but then not every programme depicts the heart-breaking problems facing older people in the UK today in such graphic detail as BBC2's 'Protecting our Parents'.

Made as a partnership project with the Open University, it follows Birmingham's older...

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What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (14:32)

Sat on the tube recently, three teenage girls got on and sat opposite me. It may sound crazy for a thirty-something to say this but I envied their youthfulness, wistfully recalling when I was their age and in the process reflecting on how I am ageing.

Whenever someone of my...

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The Power of Music Therapy

(4) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (16:15)

Music means many things to many people, but for me I think it is best described as nourishment for the soul. With a song, tune or melody to match every mood, it is something most of us cannot live without - I certainly couldn't - and something that in our...

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Hello, My Name Is...

(1) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (09:33)

Anyone adverse to blogging and social media might be rather cynical about any initiative linked to improving frontline health and social care that has grown out of a blog post and numerous 140 character interactions between total strangers.

Yet from the sometimes impersonal nature of online communication has come...

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Care Verses Cure - Let's Not Fight About It

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2013 | (09:23)

Dementia, in common with many terminal diseases, polarises opinion when it comes to the priorities different individuals and groups have.

For me, finding merit in every argument isn't difficult. Take for example families who have a loved one currently living with dementia; their priority is generally for improved care and...

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G8 Dementia Summit: The World Is Watching

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2013 | (10:10)

Despite my now extensive dementia portfolio, I very rarely write about research. Partly because it's not an area of expertise for me in the way that care and support it. Partly because I'm not particularly scientifically minded. But mostly because it is something I thought I had very little influence...

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Be a Change Maker

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (18:26)

You may not realise it, but as you go about your daily life the things you regularly experience are likely to make you an expert in them by virtue of that experience. I say you may not realise it simply because traditionally the 'lived experience' hasn't been considered as valuable...

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Live Life to the Max

(1) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (13:08)

Do you ever stop to think about the skills and attributes that are unique to you? More importantly, do you use them every day, setting yourself challenges and endeavouring to meet your goals?

Possibly not, or at least not often enough. Most of us are stuck in cruise control for...

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A Community Worth Living in

(0) Comments | Posted 29 August 2013 | (12:59)

Imagine living in an area where people look out for each other, help and support the vulnerable, take time to listen to those whose voices are not always heard, and understand the problems experienced by people who are living with common health issues that can affect every aspect of their...

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See Me, Not My Age

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (18:02)

When we're young we often think we know it all. No one can tell us what to do or how to do it. We think we invented having a good time. We believe the world is ours for the taking. We behave like we're invincible.

Someone once told me...

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From Crisis to Quality - How Care Must Now Evolve

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (00:00)

As I read or hear almost daily stories of 'care' that lurches from bad to appalling, my heart breaks just a little bit more. Watching undercover footage from documentaries, hearing devastated families recounting what happened to their loved ones, and receiving emails or social media messages from relatives who are...

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Join the Dementia Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (00:00)

Given that my dad had dementia for 19 years, you might expect that he and I would have had at least one conversation about it.

We had the sort of relationship where we could discuss things openly, to the extent that during my early childhood dad would talk candidly about...

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Isolation - The Greatest Barrier to Health and Happiness?

(20) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (00:00)

When we think about our wellbeing, we think of avoiding major diseases, being financially comfortable, enjoying our daily lives and achieving our goals. Often we never stop to consider those invisible yet vital qualities of support, understanding and love that are provided by the people we keep close to us.

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Time to Talk About Dementia

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (15:29)

In all the coverage following Margaret Thatcher's death, very few headlines have been made by the fact that she had dementia. Many refer to her 'failing health' and 'deterioration', and report the stroke that caused her passing, but it seems that mentioning the word dementia when you are talking about...

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Are You Scared of Care?

(2) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (15:17)

How do you feel about the idea of needing someone to dress you, wash you, help you to the toilet or change your incontinence pads, feed you, give you medication, move you around, and enable you to watch the TV programmes of your choosing or listen to the music that...

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The Ultimate Role Reversal

(28) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (23:00)

Sitting around the breakfast table, dad munching on his cornflakes, mum making toast, siblings arguing over the merits of muesli while you work your way through the bowl of porridge that is apparently 'good for you' - the only thing on your eight-year-old mind being what your school day has...

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