As the federal election ticks down, Australians impacted by dementia are calling on all candidates to pledge that providing quality dementia care will be placed firmly at the top of the agenda for the ongoing systemic aged care reforms in the 47th parliament.
Join host ABC journalist Tegan Taylor at 6pm on Wednesday, April 27 as she talks to the chair of the Dementia Australia board, Professor Graeme Samuel, and geriatrician Dr Stephanie Ward, UNSW Senior Research Fellow from CHeBA, about the challenges imposed by this disease.
With the support of Gandel Foundation, Ask Annie – Dementia Australia’s mobile app 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 – is now available for individual download with three free introductory modules gifted to support the aged care sector.
"As we turn towards the election, while the pandemic will continue to present significant challenges across society, we must work with all parties and sectors to ensure providing better care for people living with dementia now and into the future remains a priority," Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe says.
A year since the royal commission and now into the third year of the pandemic, Dementia Australia has reiterated the need for a robust aged care system to provide quality care to people living with dementia.
Pharmaceutical interventions are a long standing approach to managing symptoms of dementia, but many come with side effects. A new approach called “social prescribing” - based around engagement with community and social connection - has been showing some promise. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
A partnership project led by the University of Sydney has received funding from the Australian Government to improve the independence, health and wellbeing of people living with dementia in residential aged care.