A song written and sung by Stewart Sommerlad dedicated to the memory of his parents Allan and Vera Sommerlad, and to all who have cared for someone with dementia.
To buy your copy of this CD ($10 + p&p) please call Bianca on (07) 3895 8200 - proceeds of each sale will support the vital work undertaken by Dementia Australia (Qld) to assist people with dementia, their families and carers.
A free resource to help doctors decrease the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication in people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia is now available.
The short film, Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications, has been developed in response to recent research which has found that antipsychotic medication, which can have serious side-effects, is used too frequently to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
New figures show that social isolation is still one of the major issues associated with a diagnosis of dementia, a new report released today by Alzheimer’s Australia has found.
A new guide to help communities become dementia-friendly, has already led to change in one NSW town, with the community of Port Macquarie coming together to make a number of small changes to improve the everyday lives of people living with dementia.
The booklet, A Guide to Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community, developed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, is based on an eight-step change management model. It outlines the practical changes, including dementia awareness information sessions for local council staff and the introduction of a dementia-friendly Men’s Shed project, that the Port Macquarie community has made to move closer towards being a dementia-friendly community.
Dianthus ‘Memories’, a perfumed plant with a pure white bloom was bred by Plants Management Australia to support dementia research, with $1 from the sale of each plant going to Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.
Western Sydney and coastal regions will be the areas in NSW most heavily impacted by dementia growth rates, dementia prevalence rates show.
The figures, prepared for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by Deloitte Access Economics, predict a big growth over the next 40 years in the number of people with dementia in NSW from an estimated 109,000 people in 2014 to 272,000 by 2050.
In a first of its kind, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will launch a toolkit to support an estimated one in five people with HIV who may be affected by treatable conditions of cognitive impairment or dementia at the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 24 July.
Financial institutions including ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac will retain an option of sign only cards for people with special requirements including those with cognitive impairment, following the move to Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) as the required form of verification on all chipped Australian credit and debit cards from 1 August 2014. Alzheimer’s Australia National President Graeme Samuel AC said that he is pleased that although financial institutions believe that the use of a PIN is the more secure option, they have recognised the unique challenges of people with dementia and are offering an alternative form of verification to cater to their needs.