March 07, 2016

Living Well with Dementia Conference

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Address: 389 Pitt Street, Sydney
Organization: Rydges World Square
 
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s inaugural Living Well with Dementia Conference will be held in August. This is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide strategies from leading experts to help people with dementia and their carers live a good quality life through insights into what can lead to better health and wellbeing. 
 

Speakers include: Professor Sue Kurrle – Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People, University of Sydney and NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service;

Dr Frank Brennan – Palliative Medicine Physician, St George and Cavalry Hospitals, Kogarah, and

Professor Sharon Naismith – Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology, University of Sydney.

Living Well with Dementia Conference workshops will also outline strategies to help people live with dementia, and their carers cope more successfully with the condition. Workshops include:
  • Engage, Enable, Empower: Making the most of life with dementia;

  • Living with change and loss; Leadership and dementia;

  • Respite service flexibility; and

  • Dementia-friendly community: How can your business and community work towards being dementia-friendly

For more information read the brochure.


Physical comorbidities of dementia
by Susan Kurrle, Henry Brodaty, Roseanne Hogarth
Dementia is reaching epidemic proportions. To date treatment has focused on cognitive and behavioural symptoms and their management, but the physical side has been neglected. Physical comorbidity is extremely common in people with dementia and leads to excess disability and reduced quality of life for the affected person and their family. Physical comorbidity is often treatable if not reversible. Epilepsy, delirium, falls, oral disease, malnutrition, frailty, incontinence, sleep disorders and visual dysfunction are found to occur more frequently in dementia sufferers. Physical Comorbidities of Dementia describes how these may present and gives detailed information and evidence-based recommendations on how to recognise and manage these conditions. Written by clinicians, each chapter deals with a separate condition accompanied by a list of recommendations for management. Physical Comorbidities of Dementia provides practical explanations and solutions to help all healthcare professionals to improve care for people with dementia..
*This and many other  resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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