January 11, 2017

new issue of Austrailan Journal of Dementia Care DECEMBER/JANUARY 2016-17

Full text articles and books are available to members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing NSW.Library@alzheimers.org.au
 
Projects updates and viewpoints
Love, personhood and dementia
Australia’s 1st symposium on dementia and love aims to help service providers and community members understand how small acts of love can enrich people’s lives… in a survey conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia people living with dementia said they want support to continue to live well and continue to be involved in things they used to enjoy and that a time when people need the most support often many walk away….
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The story of Anne Basting
John Killick continues his  series of articles exploring the history of dementia through the stories of individuals … looks at the amazing ‘timeslips program –which leads to increase in the quality of interactions between staff and residents and between residents themselves
 
·         Improves the attitudes of staff to people with dementia
·         Reduces the need for medications
·         Decreases distress
·         Reduces stigma
 
 

Connecting in the land of dementia: creative activities to explore together by Deborah Shouse
 
 This practical book offers caregivers hands-on ideas for meaningful, creative activities they can do with their patients, family members, or friends who have dementia.
 This book offers care partners practical, hands-on ideas for meaningful, creative activities they can do with their patients, family members, or friends who have dementia. It also includes creative tips for busy care partners, offering quick and easy forms of renewal and respite.
Too often, people living with dementia are entertained instead of engaged.
 
 Research shows that artistic and imaginative activities reduce the need for psychotropic medications. Doing activities together also increases social interactions, builds positive energy, and adds a sense of discovery to the day...  features the innovative ideas of about seventy thought leaders in the field of dementia and creativity. Both family and professional care partners can use these activities, in areas such as music, movement, cooking, nature, storytelling, poetry, movies, technology, and more, to engage and connect with people who are living with dementia.
 
book review
“Deborah has created an assuring, light of heart and deep in wisdom weaving of the great thinkers and practitioners in the field of dementia care. Here you will find bite-sized, inspirational approaches to being in company with someone with memory loss. From music to food, from painting to storytelling, she invites family members to move past resistance (and understandable grieving) to open themselves to a world of connection through creativity.”--Anne Basting
Professor of Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & President, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling - 
 
 
 
Forget memory : creating better lives for people with dementia
Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting's study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humour, and emotional connection; translates into accessible language a wide range of provocative academic works on memory; and addresses how advances in medical research and clinical practice are already pushing radical changes in care for persons with dementia.
Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting's cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss...
 
The Penelope Project An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder
We must transform long-term care into an experience we and our loved ones can face without dread. It can be done. The Penelope Project shows how by taking readers on an ambitious journey to create a long-term care community that engages its residents in challenging, meaningful art-making.
 
At Milwaukee’s Luther Manor, a team of artists from the University of Wisconsin’s theatre department and Sojourn Theatre Company, university students, staff, residents, and volunteers traded their bingo cards for copies of The Odyssey. They embarked on a two-year project to examine this ancient story from the perspective of the hero who never left home: Penelope, wife of Odysseus. Together, the team staged a play that engaged everyone and transcended the limits not just of old age and disability but also youth, institutional regulations, and disciplinary boundaries.
 
Inviting readers to see through the eyes of residents, students, artists, staff, family members, and experts in the fields of education, long-term care, and civically engaged arts practice, this book underscores the essential role of the arts and humanities in living richly. Waiting, as Penelope waited, need not be a time of loss and neglect. The Penelope Project boldly dreams of how to make late life a time of growth and learning. If you dream of improving people’s lives through creative endeavors, this book provides practical advice. 
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Turning tears into laughter
Medical student Gabrielle Cher’s National dementia essay recounts her family’s  personal journey with Alzheimer’s disease and the impact it’s had on her approach to caring for people with dementia
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Features
Creating culturally appropriate care for people with dementia
Colin McDonnell explains how to create residential care environments that support the needs of older people with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
This includes an Italian style piazza for Scalabrini Village’s new care home in Sydney…
Cultural heritage has been largely forgotten and neglected in the past and many continue to base their care philosophy  on a model that is tasks orientated rather than person centred with bland and culturally neutral physical environments that are particularly foreign…this article includes a table of CALD dementia care resources ; creating a home for CALD residents ; keeping culture in mind ; creating culturally appropriate living environments and designing for CALD people with dementia.
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Using sensory stories for individuals with dementia
People with dementia are prone to sensory deprivation , but the symptoms like irritability and confusion may be reduced by using multisensory life stories. Look at 2 successful approaches to sensory life work. Looks at Narrative and sensory interventions and the benefits of these ; sensory stories and group sensory story telling …
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Learning from Japan : social projects with business links
The dementia care home can profit from observation of practice abroad …
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Training  and support features
How the DTSCs established pathway for dementia training in Australia
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DTA offers new approach to workforce education
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Dementia Essentials  vocational training a first for Australia
For the first time ever in Australia  nationally consistent vocational dementia specialist training will be provided 

Dementia Essentials - NSW

Dementia Essentials is the new Unit of Competency CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia, which sits within the Certificate III Individualised Support/Ageing and Certificate IV Aged Care.
Alzheimer's Australia NSW has expanded the Dementia Essentials course to genuinely focus on true person-centred practice when supporting a person living with dementia.  We are able to offer this education FREE to organisations and individuals working in the Health, Community Care and Aged Care sectors throughout NSW who provide support to people living with dementia.
All our educators are vocational education and training (VET) qualified with extensive industry experience in the health, residential aged care and community care sectors.  Our team is fully committed to supporting participants reach competency, maximising the transfer of knowledge to practice.
Our delivery options are:
  • In a venue within the community for individual professionals within the community, or
  • “In-house” within a residential aged care facility for their staff. For delivery within a facility we would require a specific training room to accommodate approximately 15-22 participants.
Dementia Essentials – CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
The Dementia Essentials training program comprises of 6 modules delivered over 3 days.
The modules are as follows:
Module 1 – The nature of dementia
                  Changed Behaviour
Module 2 – The impact of dementia
                  Elder abuse and restraint
Module 3 – The environment of care
                  Person centred care
Module 4 – Communication
Module 5 – Purposeful and meaningful engagement
Module 6 – Application to care practice
As Dementia Essentials is an accredited course, participants are required to attend all 3 days and complete assessment work to reach competency. Assessment comprises an “open book” in-class written assessment followed by a workplace supervisor observation checklist. The observation checklist provides evidence towards the participant demonstrating their learning in their practice, supporting  2 people living with dementia. Workplace observation sign off will be the responsibility of the participant’s supervisor.
Participants who complete the course and reach competency will receive a certified Statement of Attainment.
To see the community workshops please click on https://www.eventbrite.com.au/ (link is external) to go to Eventbrite.  In the search events Enter “Dementia” “NSW” Äll dates”.    All the sessions for Dementia Essentials will come up.  Select the location and date you would like to attend and select register to commence your enrolment process.
 
 
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Optimising medication management
Dementia Training Australia – looks at dementia –friendly pharmacy toolkit ; medication management consultancy ; online resources for pharmacists and new expertise and insight – in the need to continue training …
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Designing for people with dementia finds a new home-
Looks at the growing knowledge base and tailored training packages…
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Behaviour consultation program supports change
 
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New online dementia courses in the pipeline for DTA
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Fellowships to help care teams put knowledge into practise
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Dementia support Australia the new gateway to DBMAS, SBRT
  • Includes DSA : a quick reference guide
  • Key national partners
  • Clinical and consultancy appointments
  • Nationally consistent and local presence
  • Building capacity and knowledge
  • Changing the thinking and language
  • On the ground local experts
 
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Special features: A new approach to dementia training and support
On 1 October 2016, Dementia Training Australia (DTA) and Dementia Support Australia (DSA) became the new Government-appointed providers of dementia care training, education, support and services throughout Australia. This issue of AJDC looks at what they are offering health professionals and carers, as well as reflecting on the dementia training legacy created by the DTSCs.
 
 

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