February 24, 2017

resources for careres

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...starting with a quote from a carer

 "I have just finished reading Creating Moments of Joy (from your reading list). It is a really brilliant book. While it does not relate directly to our situation,  it gives a whole new way of approaching each day (as an opportunity to create a moment of joy, rather than a day to be endured) as well as providing the strategies to do so. This is really an inspirational book and should be given to every family when their loved one is diagnosed and should be compulsory reading for all carers. This book can really improve the quality of life of people with dementia as well as their carers".  
.. it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Dementia and you : care, protection and reducing risk

Having a mother who had dementia provoked an extending grieving for her loss and resulted in a lot of confusion and anxiety in our family. 

Not knowing what it was for so long and then what to do and how to support my father. 

“Dementia and You" encourages people to seek early assessment and to prepare for dementia if it afflicts them, their families or friends.

 It clearly explains how to talk about it, what you might expect and what you can do in terms of prevention and treatment. Early diagnosis provides many benefits: symptoms, like memory loss may not be dementia but may be normal or treatable; interventions can delay onset or slow progress and it allows people a say in their care before it is too late.

 The book also talks about new models of care and the need for in-home services and day-centres. 

What has become evident is that lifestyle is a very important factor in the prevention of dementia: 75% of degenerative disease is preventable. The latest research indicates that stopping smoking, losing weight, exercise, a healthy diet and supplements can all reduce the chances of getting dementia and other chronic diseases. It seems that we can do a lot to minimise the risk and that moderate exercise, healthy eating, vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants can protect us from environmental hazards that damage cells and provide benefits we cannot conveniently get from modern diets.

The gift of yoga

this is so easy to use - watch the dvd till you get the hang of the postures and then use the book for the ones you are still getting the hang of - it's a very popular resource!

...introduces you to the postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation that makes up Hatha yoga. The Gift of Yoga: Book and DVD contains step-by-step instructions covering the major components of yoga, including postures, breathing and relaxation. Containing a full length program and four mini-workouts, The Gift of Yoga is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and includes tips on how to increase or decrease the challenge. These programs have been designed to improve the flexibility, stability and strength of your body, and soothe and calm your mind.

Extreme Caring - You Have to Go on

"This is a compelling account of the changes and challenges that a couple had to face after a stroke in May 2000. It is a well-researched, scholarly, yet moving account." - Professor Sir Charles George, former Chairman of the Stroke Association. 

review by Lauretta Kaldor
Extreme caring by Stuart Donnan
Stuart Donnan is an Australian doctor who moved to UK in 1966 who specialised in the area of social medicine. In 2000 his wife Beryl had a stroke and later also developed dementia.  Stuart gave up his work to become Beryl’s carer. This book is an account of his journey and I found it compelling reading as it was written from the view of a caring husband who was also so medically knowledgeable.
Beryl and he were always great readers and art collectors and travellers. He spends time in this book not focussed  so much  on the physical care but on how their interests were maintained and used to keep Beryl focussed on the special things she loved- for example her love of books despite not being able to read anymore.  His way of coping with her aphasia was unique. She continued to enjoy travel and art appreciation despite her challenges because of Stuart’s extreme caring.
The lesson in this book for diversional therapists is that with knowledge of the real person and their cultural interests, the challenges required to enjoy life can be minimised. This is a good reference for educators and staff in aged care.

"This book is scholarly yet tender and personal, fiercely honest and immensely confronting. It records the impact of stroke and dementia and 'extreme care' on life and personality and relationship. It is full of insightful comment and information that could enable readers and carers in similar circumstances to negotiate challenges with deeper understanding or to assist others to do so." - Margaret Fuller, Social Worker, former Clinical Services Manager, Anglicare Counselling, Wollongong, NSW, Australia 

"There have been other volumes on the caring journey of life with a brain-damaged or demented family member. This is a fine one, but it is much more. The reflections of a trained and intelligent mind on the meaning of caring and of life seen through the lens of "extreme caring" are relevant to us all. The book meets the critical question following a reading. Do I wish to press it on my friends? A resounding Yes." - Professor Sir Robert Boyd, formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of London

if you are not getting on top of your clutter this may be inspiring 

The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing

This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

This #1 "New York Times" best-selling.. Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home--and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Meditations for women who do too much

Step back from the overload—that overwhelming combination of work, chores, caring for children, and meeting everyone's needs but your own—and let the sage advice, warmhearted humor, encouraging reminders, and inspiring thoughts from women around the world help you discover a much-deserved calm amidst the whirlwind of your life.
This classic bestseller, is the perfect gift for yourself or all the workaholics, rushaholics, and careaholics in your life. Millions of women have found daily comfort and sustenance in Schaef's insightful meditations. Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much will make it possible for you to relax, refuel, and, most important, honor yourself and all that you do everyday of the year..

February 23, 2017

for the healthcare professional - aged care facilities

Forgetfulness, feelings and farnarkling

A simple and instructional book to help make learning fun
- the group activity where everyone sits around discussing the need to ‘do something’ but nothing actually happens – Urban Dictionary)

... an idea born from a discussion between two friends, artist Jenny Masters and dementia consultant Anne Kelly. ... they were also aware of examples of care deficits at individual or organisational level and the question arose “What can we do to change this?”

Each illustration, its accompanying story and explanation gives life to the voices of people living with dementia.

This provocative and inspirational book.

Barbara, the whole story and more...

Barbara's Story : her whole journey

Training guide for staff - DVD and Resources CD + training briefing cards
Barbara’s Story  is a DVD about the experience of a person with dementia in hospital. Produced by older people’s specialist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London, it forms part of a package of awareness raising and training that is aimed at the trust’s 12,500 staff. By following the journey of an older person with dementia through hospital, it paints a meaningful picture for all staff, even, according to Mala, moving some people to tears as they watch.
Barbara faces many challenges during her stay, including staff failing to recognise when she needs help. However, the interventions of a compassionate nurse ensure that what could be a portrayal of a catalogue of wrongs – of which nurses have heard plenty lately – is in fact a positive illustration of the power of nurses to get care right.
Secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt has highlighted the film as gold standard practice in raising awareness of dementia among staff and it is hoped that it may be used nationally to support knowledge of dementia.
By following the journey of an older person with dementia through hospital, the film paints a

An evaluation of Barbara€™s story : final report

The initial Barbara’s Story film shows the experience of an older woman (Barbara) through her eyes, as she attends a hospital appointment and is admitted for investigations. The film was shown regularly from September 2012 to April 2013 and attendance was mandatory for all Trust staff: a total of 11,054 clinical and non-clinical staff attended. Barbara’s Story was also embedded into the corporate induction programme for new Trust staff. At each session, Barbara’s Story was shown, along with some group discussion and distribution of Alzheimer’s Society resources, Trust safeguarding and dementia and delirium information, and the Trust values and behaviours framework.
Safeguarding team members facilitated a discussion after the film and highlighted key learning points the, DVDs, additional resources and facilitator guides is freely available for both Trust staff and externally and has been distributed widely: nationally and internationally.

The end-of-life namaste care program for people with dementia 
by Joyce Simard
The innovative Namaste Care program helps facilities provide gentle end-of-life care, especially for residents with advanced dementia. Because of their profound losses, these individuals are often isolated with limited human contact during the final stages of their lives. This new program reveals simple and practical ways for direct care staff to provide holistic, person-centered care and maintain a human connection. Blending nursing care and meaningful activities, the program promotes peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults. Sensory-based practices, like placement in comfortable armchairs, soothing music, and gentle massage, emphasize comfort and pleasure. Personal information is used to individualize the experiences, making them as enjoyable as possible for participants. Developed by a geriatric social worker and dementia specialist, the program stresses dignity and respect at this vulnerable stage of life. Using this practical manual, nursing facilities can easily implement a Namaste Care program with minimal resources and training. Step-by-step advice for staffing, budgeting, and marketing a program is included. Detailed information for creating a Namaste Care room is provided, as well as alternative options for facilities with limited space. Plus, real-life vignettes illustrate the program in practice. Recognizing the spirit within each person, this unique approach is valuable for all settings providing end-of-life care, especially skilled nursing facilities, assisted living settings, and hospices. Namaste is a Hindi greeting honoring the spirit within a person. 

Promoting high touch when nursing older people : a palliative care approach [DVD]
University of Western Sydney, School of Nursing and Midwifery 
Promoting high touch in nursing older people: A palliative care approach, is an outcome of the project Avoiding “high tech” through “high touch” in end-stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life. The DVD is based on material developed by Geriatric Consultant, and Developer of the Namaste Care Program, Adjunct Associate Professor Joyce Simard. 
This DVD features a series of short instructional films that outline an effective protocol for palliative care.  The approach offers hope and a renewed sense of spirit for people in the last stages of life.  

February 22, 2017

resources for carers - information to help with the most difficult decision...

Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia

The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they had looked after at home after the person entered long-stay care. This booklet is aimed at carers who want to continue their involvement in the lives of the people they have cared for, even if they are no longer responsible for their day-to-day physical care needs.

Most difficult decision: dementia and the move into residential aged care : Discussion paper 5 October 2012

Adjustment to residential care is more than just a discrete event.  It begins well before placement actually occurs and continues beyond.  While policy direction and the wishes of the person with dementia and their carer can dictate that people with dementia may stay living at home for as long as possible, the impacts of the symptoms and behaviours of dementia mean that ultimately a large number of people with dementia will move into residential aged care.
A pro-active approach to minimise the negative outcomes associated with moving into residential care should include:
• improved quality and timeliness of information about moving to a RACF
• psychosocial support to negate the impact of emotional stress
• the adoption of a staged approach to ‘sharing the care’ through easier access to carer respite in a RACF
In addition, carers felt that other aspects which would improve the experience of moving and settling in to a new environment include:
• staff skilled in delivery of quality dementia care
• a higher staff to resident ratio
• provision of meaningful, inclusive activities which interest the person with dementia
• a warm and welcoming environment that is characterised as ‘home like’
• strong leadership and management skills to promote quality dementia care before, during and after the placement of the person with dementia into residential care.

The family guide to Alzheimer's disease : transitions DVD 
In this final volume, you’ll learn how to make some difficult transitions. You’ll learn how to adapt social activities to accommodate your loved one’s increasing disability and isolation. You’ll also learn how to recognize when the time has come to consider moving your loved one to a care facility (and how to evaluate these facilities). You’ll learn how the disease affects a person’s spirituality, and you’ll gain insights from others who have gone through the process of grieving the loss of a loved one for whom they have provided years of care.

Stages of senior care : your step-by-step guide to making the best decisions

Using their experience running a successful international company providing in-home, non-medical services for seniors, husband-and-wife founders of Home Instead Senior Care offer a helpful guide for families choosing among home care-giving and other assisted-living options for aging or ailing parents. The Hogans believe in helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and knowledge is their most powerful tool in securing that goal; this well-researched volume is packed with information, advice and resources aimed at managing and ameliorating the sadness, confusion, guilt and anxiety of making quality-of-life decisions for a loved one. Emphasizing the need for planning, the Hogans offer a list of signs that indicate it’s time to consider additional care, as well as a thorough exploration of the options, including pros and cons, questions to ask and other factors when choosing among home care, senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes. The Hogans also consider options for children who live far away from their parents, and advice on what to do when siblings find themselves in disagreement. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this salient volume compassionately addresses a full range of hard-to-discuss subjects, including funeral services and bereavement.

Transitions in care of people with dementia : a systematic review

This systematic review assesses the evidence on the pathways people with dementia take into and through the health and aged care system, and the implications of these transitions for the quality of life of people with dementia and their families and carers. The review focuses on four distinct areas: predictors of care transition, description of care pathways, intervention to modify care pathways, and pathways taken by special population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Quality of Residential Aged Care: The consumer perspective A REPORT FOR ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA

... home care packages alone can not provide the level of care required by people with complex care needs, such as those in the later stages of dementia or without an informal carer. 

Many people will still require residential aged care services and we need to ensure these services are able to provide the highest quality of care. 

These people are among the most vulnerable in our community, with many of them having cognitive impairment, physical disability and limited connection to the outside community. 

The majority of residents receive good quality care. There are thousands of dedicated nurses and care staff, who take great pride in their work, and go above and beyond the minimum care required. 

Many residents benefit from being in residential care and find the opportunities for interaction with other residents and staff to be beneficial.

 Unfortunately, there are still too many cases where the basic human rights of people have been violated within residential care. Since becoming President of Alzheimer’s Australia many consumers have shared disturbing stories with me of physical, psychological and sexual abuse, inappropriate use of restraint, unreported assaults and people in extreme pain at end of life not having access to palliative care. This paper is written for the courageous people who have told their stories. It provides strategies as to how we can begin to address the systemic issues in the aged care system that are leading to breakdowns in care. The objective is to bring providers, staff and consumers together to determine the way ahead. It also draws on international examples of initiatives where consumers play a key role in monitoring quality and determining accreditation of services. We have a common commitment to make the aged care system in Australia as good as we can. We must have a zero tolerance policy for poor quality care. 

Ita Buttrose AO, OBE 

February 17, 2017

Do you need some quick & effective ideas for activities for with people with dementia ? Reminisce and discuss with these resources

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A collector's year

This book started out as a weekly column for the Hobart Mercury.

It is structured by month, so, for example, the author uses April to write about collecting material related to war. 

In December he talks about collecting Christmas related things. 

It blends personal tastes, observations and reflections with tips for picking things up on Ebay, garage sales and antique shops. 

It often includes details about how much some things are worth, what it means to be a collector as opposed to a hoarder, how to organize and display your things and so on."

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Cake

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Telephone

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Stamps

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Money

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Scissors

Read a Bit! Talk a Bit! Car

Let's look together : an interactive picture book for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss

Featuring fun images of children, this picture book for adults is to be shared with a  person with memory loss to encourage meaningful emotional connections and conversations through therapeutic brain stimulation.

These are photographs that trigger multiple and varied sensory reactions: visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, and vestibular and proprioceptive (motion and movement). 

Test with people with middle to late Alzheimer’s disease, Ziegler’s work demonstrates that spending time with an interactive picture book can help keep people with memory loss connected and engaged.

Users of Let’s Look Together are encouraged to
  • Relate to the feelings suggested by the photos
  • Reminisce about situations triggered in the person’s memory
  • Describe what might precede or follow in the photo’s action
  • Tell a story about the child or image
  • Find pleasure in sharing the book together

Creative connections in dementia care : engaging activities to enhance communication

This how-to manual is packed with guidance to help enhance communication, interactions, task breakdown, and problem-solving efforts while also encouraging the abilities of each participant.
People with dementia enjoy valuable benefits when they actively engage in a creative activity:
•stress is reduced
•memories can be accessed
•mood and self-esteem are elevated
•a sense of personal identity and achievement is experienced

Personal life history booklet - printable 

A person’s life represents the accumulation of a wealth of experiences which form their social and life history. Every person’s memories are unique to that individual. This booklet has been designed to collect the unique social and life history of an individual with dementia. This life history will help individualise the care of the person with dementia and maintain their identity. It will also help people caring for the individual to know them and develop strong relationships with them.

February 15, 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia announces new National CEO

Alzheimer’s Australia announces new National CEO

Alzheimer’s Australia has announced Maree McCabe as its new national Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Alzheimer's Australia National CEO Maree McCabe
Alzheimer's Australia National CEO Maree McCabe
Ms McCabe previously was CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and has been Interim National CEO for the last six months. 
In her new role Ms McCabe’s will oversee the unification of Alzheimer’s Australia to a national operating model, due to be implemented from 1 July 2017.
“I am honoured and humbled to be appointed Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO,” Ms McCabe says.
“I am very excited about the future for Alzheimer’s Australia and what we are doing to make a difference for people living with dementia, their carers and families. 
During her time at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Ms McCabe was involved in the establishment of multi-disciplinary regional hubs; the growth of the use of technology in dementia education and support and the expansion of early intervention services and programs for people living with younger onset dementia and their families, carers and friends. 
“I am looking forward to working with the Board and my colleagues, consumers and other partners across the county to deliver programs, services and advocacy that improve the quality of life for all people impacted by dementia,” Ms McCabe continues. 
“We are delighted to have Maree take on this role in a permanent capacity during the exciting and challenging process of unification,” says Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC.

“Maree has demonstrated outstanding work over the past six months in the unification process and the Board and I look forward to working together to bring about these changes in service of people impacted by dementia.”

Commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056

Counting the cost of dementia

With dementia expecting to cost the community predicted to be over $14 billion this year and the number of Australians living with dementia increasing to over 400,000, Alzheimer’s Australia is calling for a staged approach to implementing a funded National Dementia Strategy.

A report released this week predicted costs will increase to more than $18 billion by 2025 and 536,000 people will be living with dementia if nothing is done. By 2056, the report predicts the number of people with dementia will be 1.1 million people and costs will hit $36 billion.
Commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 report also found just a five per cent reduction in the number of people developing dementia over the age of 65 could lead to savings of $5.7 billion from 2016-25, and $120.4 billion by 2056.
Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC says the figures contained in the report by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) were alarming and a very big wake-up call.
“Dementia, which is a National Health Priority Area, is one of the major chronic diseases of this century,” Professor Samuel says. “It is already the second leading cause of death in Australia and we know that the impact is far reaching.”
He has renewed the call for a funded National Dementia Strategy to deal with the issue, along with a greater focus on risk reduction measures.
“Despite the social and economic impact we still do not have a fully-funded national strategy to provide better care and outcomes for people who are living with dementia now, nor are we taking risk reduction seriously in order to try to reduce the numbers of people living with dementia in the future,” he says. “The time for action is now. If we don’t do something now, the cost is going to continue to grow to unsustainable levels.”
Deputy Director at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis NATSEM, Professor Laurie Brown says the significance of these new, national dementia figures could not be under-estimated.
“What these figures show is an alarming upward trend of not only the number of people likely to be living with dementia over the next 40 years, but also the tremendous economic impact this will have on the entire Australian population. Not to mention the lasting social impact on those living with dementia, their carers and family and friends,” Professor Brown says.
“The sharp rise in the number of people likely to be diagnosed with dementia in the next 40 years, and the more than doubling of current estimates on the economic costs of dementia in Australia, is largely due to the increasing number of older people in our population and the fact that Australians are living much longer. As well, we now have access to better Australian-based data on the number of people likely to have dementia now and into the future,” she adds.
Professor Brown believes a whole-of-community approach to risk reduction, and better co-ordinated care, along with a boost to research, is going to be needed if we are to curb the rise in people living with dementia by 2056.
In the 2017-18 pre-budget submission to the Federal Government, Alzheimer’s Australia has called for a staged approach to implementing a funded National Dementia Strategy, with immediate action on funding:
  • for a more comprehensive risk reduction program to raise awareness of brain health and the links between lifestyle and health factors and the risk of developing dementia, cognitive impairment and other chronic conditions ($3 million);
  • to develop a consumer-based Quality in Dementia Care program to improve aged care services, both in residential aged care and in the community ($1 million);
  • to improve access to quality respite care to better support people with dementia living in the community, their families and carers ($15 million).
Dawn and Glyn McKay from Canberra have welcomed calls for improvements to dementia care and support. Mr McKay was diagnosed with vascular dementia six years ago, and attends respite twice a week, which Mrs McKay says is appropriate and engaging.
“It is so important for people with dementia to be able to continue to have social engagement.”
In addition to improvements to quality care, respite and support options, Mrs McKay would like to see dementia research given similar priority to other chronic health conditions.
“People living with dementia need quality community, aged care and respite options,” she adds.
Key findings from The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 are available on the Alzheimer's Australia website.
For dementia information and support contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.au
Media enquiries:
Sarah Price - 0403 072 140 / 02 8875 4635 / sarah.price@alzheimers.org.au
Bianca Armytage – 0407 019 430 / 02 6278 8924 / bianca.armytage@alzheimers.org.au
Sam Watson – 0412 099 134
Editors please note, a full copy of The Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia

for the healthcare professional - Australian Journal of Dementia Care Vol 6 No1 Feb - March 2017

Purchase price

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Cover story: Creative ways to care
Bethanie Care Group and Agelink Theatre in Western Australia have collaborated on a theatre, music and reminiscence project which culminated in a performance staged by and for people with dementia, in front of an audience of 300. P 11

Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality
WA’s Brightwater Care Group’s well-being mapping workplace innovation has shown tangible benefits in terms of job quality and quality of care.
 p 17

Also in this issue
Singing side by side
The Alchemy Chorus is Canberra’s first community choir for people with dementia and their carers
Addressing isolation through the arts – how to participate
And how to start a choir for people with dementia  p 8

Singing Groups for People with Dementia : A Guide to Setting Up and Running Groups in Community and Residential Settings
everything you need to know about setting up and running these includes;
Chapter One: What is so good about music?   3
Chapter Two: What is so good about music for people with dementia?  7
Chapter Three: What do you need to know about dementia?  11
Chapter Four: Preparing yourself   21
Chapter Five: Preparing others  22
Chapter Six: Roles of people involved   29
Chapter Seven: Identifying a suitable venue   33
Chapter Eight: Fundraising   36
and much much more ...

Living in care: an exercise to promote empathy
How an exercise in empathy helped staff gain a better understanding of behaviours that challenge  eg imagining you become a resident, how would you respond to an experience this difficult ??? … looks at unmet needs model – Cohen-Mansfield
P 23

Using Montessori in community respite
A three-year study is examining the impact of using the Montessori approach in community-based dementia respite care services
Includes the principles and why they are important and how to apply them in a community respite centre and how to introduce and maintain the approach.  p 25

CAUSEd: effective problem solving to support well-being
The CAUSEd problem-solving tool is designed to help carers shift focus from seeing behaviours as ‘difficult’ or ‘challenging’ and understand how physical and social environments contribute to responsive behaviours
Environment …
Dementia …
This leads to a systematic approach and responds to unmet needs –also looks at how to put CAUSEd into practice .
P 15

A time for change? Rethinking dementia practice in hospitals
Explores the experiences of people with dementia in hospital, and the various approaches used to improve this experience – looks at updating the NSCHS  standards  - and Delirium clinical care standard  - towards improving outcomes includes hospital initiatives  eg the cognitive impairment identifier… “caring for cognitive impairment campaign”… and includes resources.  
P 32

Prescription for Life: an interactive resource for YOD
A new interactive talking book to assist health workers provide meaningful care for younger people living with dementia – this is a great free resource

The story of dementia: Stephen Post and Julian Hughes
John Killick continues his series of articles exploring the history of dementia through the stories of individuals p 6

KT workshops support shift from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’ in dementia care
Knowledge translation (KT) and change management principles can help dementia education workshop participants use what they learn..
Knowledge Translation
DTA has strong linkages to dementia research organisations and consumer groups. This ensures ongoing commitment to timely knowledge translation – with training activities and resources reflecting contemporary best evidence in dementia care, and informed by the needs and preferences of persons living with dementia and their families.

DTA will strive to use best quality research to enhance the quality of care for people living with dementia, and to generate new knowledge about optimal approaches to delivering workforce education.

Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events
The Virtual Forest
After  almost 3 years of development and testing the The Virtual Forest ™
The Virtual Forest™ uses a gaming technology to create a sensory experience, utilising a large interactive screen, and is designed to immerse the user in a peaceful and enjoyable virtual environment for people living with dementia. The Virtual Forest™ creates a beautiful nature setting which is calming as well as engaging and enjoyable.
"It is happy and easy going - I was captured by the forest, so 'beautiful' - It recalled the experience with my family."


The Virtual Forest™ presents an expansive park-like setting, with colourful flowers, trees and a river with a bridge. The seasons can change with a clap of the hands, and animals can appear and move around the scene with a wave of the hands. It is designed to give back some control to people living with dementia – it is their forest, and they can experiment with it and enjoy it. This is a deliberately personal experience, but one that can be shared with carers or other residents.

The Virtual Forest™ uses a Kinect sensor(link is external) to allow users to provide input with nothing more than waving their hands. This means they can use natural, easy motions to control interactive elements in the forest. The Virtual Forest™ has a number of interactive elements for users to interact with.

  • These are:
  • Mother duck & ducklings
  • School of koi fish
  • Monarch butterfly
  • Dragonfly
  • Boat
  • Season change from autumn to spring

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Please contact our Customer Relations Consultants
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