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.
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?
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?
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:
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.
It is common to associate a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease with memory loss and while this is the case for many, new research has suggested that younger people (i.e. less than 65) with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease will more commonly have problems associated with judgement, language and/or visual and spatial awareness, rather than memory loss.
As my colleagues from the Consumer Dementia Research Network know, I try to participate in a number of research projects every year, and sometimes I actually volunteer for one! This is how I was accepted to take part in a project led by Dr Juanita Westbury, called the RedUSe (Reducing Use of Sedatives) project.