Australian film and television producer and director Nia Pericles is probably best known for her enormously personal documentary, Storm In A Teacup, which aired on the ABC in September 2019.
An uplifting, raw and emotionally engaging film exploring love, life and loss, it centres on Pericles’ father Leon as he embarks on an exhibition of his life’s works as his wife, creative counsel and business manager, Moira (Nia’s mum) lives with Alzheimer’s, and Leon must juggle his roles as artist, husband and carer.
A wonderful long-time advocate of dementia, Nia has now provided family videos to use in the development of Ask Annie – Dementia Australia’s mobile app supported by Gandel Foundation that offers short, self-paced learning modules to help care workers refresh their skills and learn tips and tools to provide better care to people living with dementia.
In a new video message Pericles shared why she chose to share such personal videos.
“To be able to share my family’s experiences through this app has been extremely humbling and very rewarding,” Pericles said.
“The app is engaging and intuitive and I absolutely love that it teaches empathy and respect when engaging with people living with dementia.
“By sharing footage from my family’s personal journey, I hope to help provide real life experiences for users on an accessible platform.”
Dementia Australia business innovation manager Dr Tanya Petrovich said having Pericles’ support helped to demonstrate the personal approach the app aims to provide users.
“Ask Annie applies a person-centred approach to developing skills, which ensures users learn how to put the individual and their needs at the forefront of every interaction and Nia’s videos provide a wonderful real-life example of this,” Petrovich said.
With the support of Gandel Foundation, Ask Annie is now available for individual download with the first three introductory modules gifted to support the aged care sector.
Ask Annie can be downloaded via the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
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