To date, DEUS has engaged with UOW staff to determine how and where dementia-specific content may fit within existing courses, with interested faculties and schools developing plans for dementia-related topics and projects to be included in a variety of undergraduate courses. Subjects include: law, media, social sciences, public health, engineering, and psychology. For these, dementia content will take the form of guest lectures, project-based and internship or placement opportunities, assessment tasks and tutorial content. Funding has assisted staff to develop teaching resources and content, some of which was incorporated within subjects from May this year.
Examples of how dementia content will be embedded within courses (particularly in non-traditional dementia disciplines) include:
•A guest lecture for media and journalism students, entitled: Perceptions of dementia within the media, presented by a person with dementia (Kate Swaffer, Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International) followed by a related tutorial activity, and potential for final year students to take part in an internship with the Dementia Alliance International, a non-profit group of people with dementia from around the world who seek to represent, support, and educate others living with the disease...
New research, released today by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, has found that people with younger onset dementia – that is with the onset of the symptoms of dementia under the age of 65 – have, for many years, fallen through the cracks of the disability and aged care systems, with both sectors seeing the other as being better placed to respond. Despite significant policy reform in both the aged care and disability sectors, including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the research has found that this is still the case, which means they are facing difficulties in accessing appropriate services. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said while there had been some great examples of good will, flexibility and a willingness to help people with younger onset dementia in the disability sector, the division of disability and aged care eligibility at 65 years of age has, nevertheless, caused immense frustration for some. “While this is a useful distinction for government and policy makers, it has, unintentionally, created a significant issue for many people with younger onset dementia in getting access to the services and support they need,” Mr Watkins said. “Currently, only people who are over the age of 65 can easily access services offered through the aged care sector, and people with younger onset dementia have felt excluded from this sector. "This means that people under the age of 65 who have a diagnosis of dementia are funnelled through to the disability sector. The introduction of the NDIS held out great hope for this group. “But limited knowledge and understanding of younger onset dementia in both the disability and aged care sectors, has caused a range of issues for people with younger onset dementia, including:
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Design smart : the rating tool for environments that work for people with dementia
DesignSmart: The rating tool for environments that work for people with dementia has been developed by HammondCare's Dementia Centre to assist in the creation of built environments that empower and enable older people and people with dementia.
Extensive, new research has been undertaken by the authors to ensure that DesignSmart is an evidence-based rating tool that provides the user with the means to undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of an environment. DesignSmart seeks to support architects, designers, service providers, managers and decision-makers to understand the important elements of good design and incorporate these into physical and social environments.
Designed with the user in mind, DesignSmart will aid prioritisation and structure in decisions and/or recommendations to executive and financial decision-makers. It provides the framework and detail to ensure that all stakeholders in a design project have a shared understanding of common objectives and priorities.
Supports good design decisions
'Designing Outdoor Spaces for People with Dementia' is a book that discusses how to effectively use outside spaces for people with dementia. The book is not an academic guide to research but a book for people in practice. It is filled with case studies of real examples from all over the world. The book is edited by internationally respected Mary Marshall and Annie Pollock.
Featuring authors from Japan, USA, Australia and Norway as well as the UK, the book provides a review of evidence based research supporting the importance of access to outdoor spaces; understanding how to use outdoor spaces appropriately and case studies from around the world describing how to develop and utilise well designed spaces for people with dementia.
The book is written for people who own and commission buildings for people with dementia, Architects and Landscape Architects, Managers of facilities for people with dementia, Medical, nursing and care staff as well as professions allied to medicine such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists and relatives of people with dementia and people living with dementia.
Design for people with dementia : audit tool
Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling
This folder contains a series of resources for assessing environments that are used by people with dementia. The information they contain is evidence-based and reflects international best practice. The aim of the design audit tool is to provide consistent guidance on designing environments for people with dementia. It can be used for refurbishments projects or new buildings, and is relevant across a range of settings, including day centres, wards, care homes and medical centres.
The guide explores how better product and environment design can improve quality of life for care home residents with dementia. The design ideas developed are a practical response to the challenge of cognitive decline and can be retrofitted to existing care homes as well as applied to new developments.
- Coverage of the emerging building types of adult day care and hospice and the increased use of gardens and outdoor space in environments for the aging.
- Material on sustainable design and environmentally friendly building products.
- Design solutions that extend beyond assisted-living facilities and nursing homes as they can be easily adapted for residential use.
- Photographs, line drawings, and a 16-page color insert that bring the material to life.
This edition features new examples of completed projects and is up to date with the latest developments in senior living design, including coverage of sustainable design, renovation and reinvention, international opportunities, operations, and project financing.
This new edition offers:
•Numerous photographs, diagrams, and plans
•A new chapter on issues, trends, and challenges for the senior living industry in the next decade
•A new chapter devoted to sustainability strategies and considerations
•Up-to-date coverage of new technologies being implemented in senior living facilities
•New space programming standards and sample programs
How do the physical and caregiving environments of a long-term care facility influence the functioning of its residents with dementia? Viewers will learn to appreciate the sometimes insurmountable challenges presented by typical residential facilities when residents have to navigate daily activities with a host of age-related cognitive and sensory deficits. Deteriorating abilities to maintain independence are a hallmark of dementia, but they needn’t lead directly to helplessness. With simple changes to the environment, facility staff can maximize functional independence and minimize excess disabilities. Here is a step-by-step process for identifying barriers and finding respectful, supportive solutions. Through individual profiles of residents, viewers learn to apply this sensible problem-solving method to some of the common challenges presented by toileting, dressing, and mealtime activities in long-term care facilities. The reward for this approach is an enhanced quality of life for residents and staff alike