December 09, 2015

journal : Australian Journal of DementiaCare - December 2015/January 2016

  Full text articles and books are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing



 Response teams to give ‘clearer picture of BPSD’

Page: 5

The Federal Government’s national Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT) initiative will provide a clearer picture of the number of people in residential care in Australia with BPSD and the cause of the symptoms.


The biomedical and BPSD: can we move on please?

Pages: 6-8

There appears to be a subtle yet increasing focus on a biomedical worldview of dementia, that of BPSD (behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia). Accordingly, the need to ‘measure’ in order to gather ‘evidence’ is centre stage.

The story of dementia: Alois Alzheimer

Pages: 5+6

This is the first article in a series about those who have made an important contribution to the history of dementia, going back to 1906. That was the year the condition we now refer to as Alzheimer’s disease was first formally identified.

Training effective care partners

Pages: 11-13

The article describes a new national project to educate health professionals in person-centred approaches to responsive behaviours.


Psychotropic drugs: high use for little benefit

Pages: 14+15

A report on the findings from a new Australian study into psychotropic medicine used by people with cognitive impairment living in the community.

Promoting dignity in care

Pages: 15+16

A report on the promising results from a trial into the combined use of a toilet-seat bidet and mobile shower chair to reduce carer strain and improve dignity for older people requiring assistance with using the toilet.


Testing the water: swimming club makes exercise a joy

Pages: 17-20

A dementia-specific evidence-based aquatic exercise program draws on the joy of swimming to provide physical, psychological and social benefits for participants.
also see

which may be borrowed from the library
Watermemories: a swimming club for people with dementia: a manual for aged care service providers and program instructors [Book and DVD]
University of Queensland. School of Nursing and Midwifery
The purpose of the Watermemories Swimming Club is to try something different- to rekindle positive memories of swimming in people with dementia who enjoyed swimming throughout their lives and get them involved in actively swimming again


Making mealtimes meaningful in acute wards

Pages: 21-24

Mealtimes in acute dementia wards often take little account of the personal needs of patients and may be interrupted by ward routines. The article discusses an initiative to make mealtimes more enjoyable and an essential part of assessment, treatment and interaction with patients with dementia.


Inspiring action: checklist for culture change

Pages: 25-27

An outline of the assessment of the state of culture change in dementia care in Australia, based on findings from the Butterfly Care Homes’ 50-point checklist.


How to help couples have better conversations

Pages: 28-30

Speech and language therapy should be part of a care program for someone with the primary progressive aphasia type of dementia, but what form should the therapy take?


Post-traumatic stress and dementia: staff perspectives

Pages: 31-33

Some evidence suggests that behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are more pronounced in military veterans with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than in others with dementia.


Wandering-related boundary transgression: the facts

Pages: 34-36

How can residential aged care facilities and staff provide a safe, yet free, environment for very mobile residents with dementia who wander into restricted areas and private spaces?


Improving driving assessment

Page: 37

Dementia impairs driving skills to varying degrees, but ceasing driving can result in loss of mobility and social connections. Therefore, assessing the performance and safety of drivers with dementia is important.
see also
Driving and dementia
Staying on the move with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia NSW
National Roads and Motorists' Association (Australia).

Dementia is one of the conditions that drivers are required by law to report to the Roads and Maritime Services. While having dementia doesn’t automatically mean a person can no longer drive, it will require them to get a medical assessment and possibly undertake a practical driving test. As driving impacts on independence, the issue is highly complex and often fraught and emotional for all involved.
Staying on the Move with Dementia provides a raft of helpful measures around driving with dementia and alternatives for people when they can no longer drive. These include:
•How to identify early warning signs that dementia may be affecting someone’s driving
•Advice on how to help the person deal with the condition and how to prepare them for the time when they can no longer drive
•How to access alternative transport options when a person can no longer drive

**The library holds multiple copies of this - ideal for Support Groups.

Changed conditions ahead : dementia and driving guide for families and carers
Dementia and driving guide for families and carers
Alzheimer's Australia Vic
This guide is for carers, family members and friends of a person with dementia who is driving, or has recently stopped driving. Topics covered include: recognising driving warning signs, responding to changes in driving ability, when safety is an immediate concern, starting the conversation about driving, working with health professionals and staying active, mobile and connected.
which may be borrowed from the library  

Exploring personalised interventions

Page: 38

A recent study has explored why some people with dementia and agitated behaviour don’t seem to respond positively to personalised intervention.

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