February 10, 2015

Australian Journal of Dementia Care February/March 2015

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

COMMENT

Crisis and opportunities in the Asia Pacific region
Professor Richard Fleming on Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) recent report Dementia in the Asia Pacific region which presents a sobering picture of the challenges to be faced in our part of the world over the next 40 years.
p. 4 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS P. 5-6
  • The results of the NHMRC’s Dementia Research and Translation Priority Setting Project were released in late January.
  • Aged care provider Lifeview plans ‘dementia village’
  • Researchers seeking people with dementia living alone in Sydney to take part in a study due to begin in March
  • $2.4m for early career researchers
  • Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer and Margaret MacAndrew awarded DCRC fellowships
Everyone can dance
John Killick looks at how dance can release the creative potential of people with dementia
p. 7-8

The freedom to imagine
Susan Shortridge describes TimeSlips, a storytelling program, available worldwide, that uses creative storytelling as a pathway to communication and social interactions for people with dementia.
p. 9-11 

Preventing financial abuse of people with dementia
People with dementia are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse.
Kylie Miskovski, Senior Research and Policy Officer at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, looks at new research that explains how the abuse occurs and what can be done to prevent or reduce its incidence.
The discussion paper Preventing financial abuse of people with dementia is available from the library or at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW website at https://nsw.fightdementia.org.au/nsw/news/preventing-financial-abuse-of-people-with-dementia
p. 12-14 

Dementia MOOC a massive success
Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre’s ‘Understanding Dementia’ MOOC is leading the world in providing easily accessible and inclusive dementia education for all
p. 14-15

Creating culturally inclusive care
James Baldwin writes about the success of an aged and dementia care unit in a Victorian residential facility, created specifically to provide a culturally inclusive care environment for people from Asian background communities.
p. 16-17

Charting carer satisfaction: the hospital experience
Report on an evaluation of one hospital’s efforts to comprehensively improve the support offered to people with dementia and family carers
p. 18-20 

The power of language
Changing the disrespectful and disempowering language often used to refer to people with dementia will help remove discrimination, stigma and isolation, writes Kate Swaffer, Chair, Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee, Co-chair, Alzheimer’s Australia Consumers Dementia Research Network.
p. 21-24 

The Forced Care Framework: guidance for staff
A framework for supporting staff to respond consistently and skillfully in situations where the person with dementia refuses care
p. 24-28 

A gilded cage: the dilemma of involuntary confinement
Dr Neville Hills is a psychiatrist with extensive experience of establishing and directing mental health services for people with dementia in Australia and the UK. In this article he brings together examples from disability, mental health and aged care services to illustrate his misgivings about the ways in which people with dementia can be confined in Australian aged care facilities.
p. 29-32 

When can I leave this hotel and go home?
A new inquiry into issues relevant to Australian carers, staff and services supporting people with dementia.
p. 32 

RESEARCH FOCUS
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy: a pilot Australian adaptation
The authors report on their pilot study of an Australian adaptation of the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) program, developed in the UK to improve cognition and social functioning in people with mild to moderate dementia
p. 33-36 

RESEARCH NEWS p.37-38
  • Australian researchers have investigated the experience of family members of people with dementia who are struggling with language reversion
  • Practices of pain management in care homes
  • MP3 players can improve carer well-being
  • Moving into care: impact on partners
  • Brain training ‘questionable’
  • New BPSD protocol shows promise
BOOK REVIEW 
Living well with dementia: the importance of the person and the environment for wellbeing by Shibley Rahman, is specifically for carers, providing an overview of care with a focus on the importance of families. Rahman uses an evidence-based approach in his writing and his person-centred ideology covers topics from leisure to end-of-life planning and patient environment including home and ward design.  It is fully referenced with case studies, tables and charts and is highly practical in its coverage of communication techniques and assisted technology to help readers prepare for real-life caring.

To borrow this book from the Library email us on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

 

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