New study on dementia awareness to help tackle stigma

A new program aimed at reducing public stigma associated with dementia is being developed by ANU researcher and recipient of the 2016 Alzheimer’s Australia Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care, Dr Sarang Kim.

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Call for clinicians and aged care providers to ‘deprescribe’ residents’ unnecessary medications

Alleviating pain and maintaining quality of life are central to care for people with dementia. However, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that older Australians, including those with dementia, are being prescribed unnecessary or inappropriate medications, increasing their chance of hospitalisations that would not otherwise occur.

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Avatar helps to transform dementia care training

An avatar called Jim is redefining the way health professionals are trained to communicate with people living with dementia.

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Supporting Australian carers and people with dementia to ‘ReThink Respite’

With the number of carers in Australia set to rise to 377,900 by 2025, respite care is an increasingly crucial component of support that can assist people with dementia to stay living at home for as long as possible.

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Quality dementia care - what do we value?

This year, in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, with the support of Alzheimer’s Australia and KinCare, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Quality dementia care – what do we value?

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Exploring the impact of social skills on quality of life for people with dementia

So much of our communication is non-verbal, facial expressions, hand gestures, tone of voice – but what happens when a person is no longer able to assess the meaning of these non-verbal communications because of dementia or another cognitive impairment and what impact does that have on relationships and quality of life?

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Guest blog: dementia care practices in Europe

Article by Danijela Hils, member of Alzheimer’s Australia’s Consumer Dementia Research Network, on her recent travels overseas visiting dementia care facilities.

In the famous Salvador Dali painting THE PERSISTANCE OF MEMORY, there is quite a confusion of items in the picture: cheese melting under the sun, melting watches, ants, and rocks. Deformed imagination, time and theme are all part of memory that dwells in a confused brain where order ceased to reign. Like my mother once said:

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Cartoons offer an important message for carers

A new animated series created by the University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW uses cartoons to deliver a serious message about how to care for loved ones with dementia.

The cartoons for carers, called ‘CareToons’, are designed to help carers manage issues related to behavioural change which is estimated to effect between 60 and 90 per cent of people with dementia living at home. Watch the short clip below which introduces the project.

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