October 08, 2014

Australian Journal of Dementia Care October/November 2014

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au

News highlights p. 4-6

  • Letter – Kate Swaffer letter about Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Obituary – Vale Peter Spitzer, Clown Doctor,  ‘open heart surgeon’
  • $32.5m for dementia research – applications to NHMRC close on 8 October
  • NSW hospitals first with Confused Hospitalised Older Persons (CHOPS) program to improve care of older people with dementia or delirium
  • Geelong’s National Wool Museum wins Victorian Museum Award for Reminiscence Cottage
  • Top 5 program for western NSW
  • Registration opens for 2015 ADI conference in Perth
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Sign or PIN survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NFVPN8C
  • HESTA Aged Care Awards
  • TLC Aged Care becomes major sponsor of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic
 Telling it like it is: poetry
John Killick looks at the role of art, in all its forms, in releasing the creative potential of people with dementia.
p. 7 

Beyond bingo: tailoring lifestyle activities
Liz Miles and Heather Campbell discuss a successful national workshop program offering Diversional Therapists hands-on learning in music and art therapy, aromatherapy and life story work for people with dementia
p. 8-9

Cutting the red tape for people with YOD
Australia needs a more flexible approach to assessment for services and support for people with younger onset dementia (YOD), who often find themselves in limbo between the disability and aged care sectors, writes Glenn Rees
p. 10

Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Fred Tanner cared for his wife Deb after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2008. As an Aboriginal Australian he realized the difficulties other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face as carers in dealing with dementia.  In 2013 he became Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) to Alzheimer’s Australia.
p. 11-12
When a rummage box isn’t enough
Louise Jones discusses the importance of sensory preferences in the care of people living with dementia
p. 13-15 

Making connections
Connecting staff with each other is just as important as connecting with residents in the dementia care model being implemented by Vasy RSL Care.  Janna Voloshin reports
p. 15-16 

Building a virtual world for dementia care
Mandy Salomon outlines the process by which people living with dementia helped develop a prototype virtual environment activity program, called AVED, to support engagement for those with moderate to severe symptoms of dementia
p. 17-19 

Including:  The younger onset dementia key worker program – KT in progress abstract by Mary Clifton, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW 

Dementia –specific training bears fruit
Alison Wicks, Sophie Trevillian and Josie Reeves discuss the benefits for RACFs, residents and students of dementia-specific integrated learning for Occupational Therapy student
p. 37-39 

The benefits of activity on an acute medical ward
Louise Howe and Sarah E Goldberg share four case studies from observational research that studied the responses of people with dementia to increased social interaction and activity on a hospital ward
p. 40-42 

Developing The Dementia Diaries
Emma Barrett and Laura Embery describe how a process of creative co-production led to the development of a powerful resource on dementia for young people, which is now being distributed internationally
The Library has copies of The Dementia Diaries for loan
p. 43-44 

Positive approaches to challenging behaviour
Neil Warwick discusses a training program that teaches aged care staff practical skills for providing good care safely for people with dementia who are displaying challenging behaviours
p. 45-48 

Research Focus
Alternatives to restrictive practice
Restrictive practice in aged care facilities has come under the spotlight because of alleged abuses of human rights.  However, there are alternatives to help care staff provide a safe environment for residents and themselves using less controversial interventions.  Christine Gork and Peter Williams discuss the trial of a restraint reduction framework developed to support staff working with people with dementia and cognitive impairment.
p. 49-52

Research News p. 53-54
  • Use of gardens shows promise – UK Systematic review of studies on the impact of outdoor spaces on wellbeing of people with dementia
  • Support spells success for nursing placements – Tasmanian researchers provide students with placements in aged care focused on dementia palliation
  • Highlighting knowledge of dementia – Monash University study
  • Diagnosis insights from patients, carers – Victorian researchers interviewed patients and carers on what was important in the diagnosis experience
  • Study reveals experiences of abuse and neglect in residential aged care
  • Communication key to staff-family relationships – La Trobe University study

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