Beyond bingo: tailoring lifestyle activities for people with dementia

Beyond bingo: tailoring lifestyle activities for people with dementia

Liz Miles and Heather Campbell discuss a successful national workshop program offering Diversional Therapists hands-on learning in music and art therapy, aromatherapy and life story work for people with dementia. While bingo may well have a place as an enjoyable activity in the life of many people, including those with dementia, for some it also…

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Dementia-friendly communities: Kiama project leads the way

Dementia-friendly communities: Kiama project leads the way

Lyn Phillipson and Glenn Rees discuss a new project launched in Kiama, NSW, which has the potential to change the way people with dementia in Australia interact with their social and physical environments A diagnosis of dementia often brings with it social isolation, stigma and discrimination. Alzheimer’s Australia is working to tackle these issues through helping…

Changing the Image of Care

Changing the Image of Care

Fiona Calvert describes the mission of internationally renowned photographer Cathy Greenblat and her experience in the life-embracing environment of Australia’s Starrett Lodge. After 35 years as a Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University in the United States, Cathy Greenblat took an early retirement and decided to pursue her interest in photography. Over a decade later,…

Inside the latest issue of the AJDC:

OTs focus on quality of life

This issue highlights the importance of Occupational and Diversional therapy in improving quality of life for people with dementia.

Feature articles:

  • Beyond bingo: tailoring lifestyle activities for people with dementia (featured above)

  • When a rummage box isn’t enough: sensory preferences in care planning.

  • Dementia-specific training for Occupational Therapy students.

  • The benefits of activity on an acute medical ward.

Also in this issue:

  • DCRC 2014 National Dementia Forum Abstracts: 16-page special featuring summaries of the latest dementia research presented at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres’ recent forum in Sydney.

  • Positive approaches to challenging behavior.

  • Alternatives to restrictive practice.

  • Telling it like it is: poetry as a communication tool.

  • Cutting the red tape for people with younger onset dementia.

  • Making connections: Vasey RSL Care’s new model.

  • Building a virtual world for dementia care.

  • The Dementia Diaries: a powerful resource for young people.

  • A carer’s story: Aboriginal Australian Fred Tanner shares his journey.

Finding the why in aged care

Finding the why; enabling active participation in life in aged care is a new short film featuring the work of internationally-renowned photographer Cathy Greenblat and Starrett Lodge in NSW.

Starrett Lodge is an award-winning aged care home on the Central Coast that is becoming renowned for its person-centred approach to dementia care. Earlier this year Cathy spent a week at the lodge, using photography and film to document the exceptional care being offered to residents with dementia and adding to her growing body of work illustrating the possibilities for living a fulfilling life with dementia. Finding the why features just some of the many images she captured of the joy, laughter and loving care at Starrett Lodge.  The film was produced by Corinne Maunder from Fire Films, Melbourne for UnitingCare Ageing, with support from the Australian Journal of Dementia Care and NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre.

It’s available for viewing on the UnitingCare Ageing NSW/ACT YouTube Channel at