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Apr 17

Using consumer stories to drive dementia awareness

Sarah Price, General Manager Media at Alzheimer’s Australia spoke about the organisation’s awareness campaigns at a recent Criterion conference. She shared statistics including: Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia More than 25,000 Australians have Younger Onset Dementia 3 in 10 people over 85 and almost 1 in 10 people over 65 … Continue reading Using consumer stories to drive dementia awareness

13
Mar 17

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and yet…

We are barely scratching the surface of dementia specific care. The growing mortality rates for dementia patients have only intensified the urgency to adopt better strategies in dementia care. One particular area of concern is that many dementia patients are likely to find themselves in potentially dangerous situations if they become disoriented and unable to … Continue reading Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and yet…

03
Mar 17

The illusion of choice and decision making in dementia care

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Since my diagnosis of FrontoTemperal Dementia some years ago, I have come to see that the concept of choice in my care path is an illusion. Much of our traditional health and care system is based on a model of “we (the medical ‘professional’) know best and no questions are allowed without notice”. Recently I … Continue reading The illusion of choice and decision making in dementia care

21
Jul 16

Building a dementia-friendly community

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For those diagnosed with dementia, experiencing a sense of isolation within their community is one the biggest barriers they face. The social stigma surrounding the disease can result in the family and friends of some patients distancing themselves. As dementia patients typically grow increasingly more dependent and vulnerable as their condition worsens, this scenario becomes … Continue reading Building a dementia-friendly community

18
Jul 16

The complexity of decision-making in dementia care

Author:Sue Field

A diagnosis of dementia does not mean an individual loses the right to make decisions for themselves. However, as the disease progresses, there may be limited or diminished mental capacity, making decisions about personal, health and financial matters difficult. If older people lose mental capacity, these decisions may need to be made for them. In … Continue reading The complexity of decision-making in dementia care

06
Jul 16

Adapting models of care for better dementia outcomes

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Life in Residential Aged Care (RAC) is often associated with living in an institution, and for those with dementia it is even more restricted. While Person Centred Care (PCC) has tried to address some of the issues, residents are still expected to work around our task based routines, from morning showers, to set meal times, … Continue reading Adapting models of care for better dementia outcomes