Journal of dementia care
vol 25 no 6 November December 2017
Antipsychotics and dementia : managing medications [DVD]
Professor Henry Brodaty (psychogeriatrician), Dr Julian Pierre (GP) and Tim Perry (consultant pharmacist) discuss the challenge of deprescribing antipsychotics for dementia patients and look for alternative solutions for symptoms.
This training DVD invites you, your service or your organisation to begin looking at what kind of welcome you will offer them.
The Northern Rivers region of NSW has been identified as one of the main geographical clusters of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) populations in NSW (ACON 2006:9). As the population ages and government and society increasingly recognise the diversity within it, growing numbers of GLBTI people will be encouraged to be open about their identity and will require dementia specific and aged care services. This will also be true for those people of any age living with HIV who may experience Human Immunodeficiency Virus Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HANDs), ranging from mild forms of cognitive impairment to HIV associated dementia (Denholm, Yong Elliot 2009:575). There is a need for increased community awareness about dementia, HANDs, early detection and special needs within the GLBTI community as well as clear referral and service pathways (Birch 2008:10). It is, therefore, important for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to collaborate with members of the GLBTI community to facilitate support and advocacy on their behalf to ensure access to culturally appropriate information, education and service provision. Initial steps to engage with the GLBTI community involved close liaison with the Client Services Officer from ACON Northern Rivers to develop the project scope, activities and outcomes and identify key stakeholders. As a result a GLBTI Advisory Committee was established to oversee the development of a pilot education module on GLBTI cultural awareness, ageing, cognitive decline and person centred practice targeting service providers.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in the care setting that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep their elders from being silenced.
Gen Silent was filmed in the Boston area over a one year period. During that time, director Stu Maddux followed six LGBT seniors through their decision to either stay open about their sexuality or hide it so that they can survive in the long-term health care system.
this is an amazing must see film!
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Person-centred practices are a key way to provide the best possible care and support for older people and help them to be active and valued members of the community.
Each of the practices is designed to support the individual and put what is important to and for the person at the forefront of their care.
Each practice has been tailored so that older people can express more easily what does and does not work for them. By actively listening and making each person feel appreciated, the practices represent practical tools for frontline practitioners to form good relationships with people in their care. With supporting stories and full colour photographs to illustrate how person-centred thinking and practice is used in real-life settings, there are many examples to help practitioners to overcome challenges and to really implement positive, effective changes to care. This practical book will be a valuable resource for care staff, social workers and healthcare workers who want to learn about person-centred practices to deliver best practice care and support.
* Introduction. 1. One-page profiles. 2. Relationship circles. 3. Communication. 4. Histories. 5. Wishing. 6. Working and not working. 7. Person-centred thinking and care and support planning. 8. Circles of support. Final Thoughts.