Knowledge translation matters

Knowledge translation matters

Belinda Goodenough provides a snapshot of highlights from the recent 2014 National Dementia Research Forum in Sydney. This year’s Dementia Collaborative Research Centres’ (DCRC) annual National Dementia Research Forum offered a smorgasbord of ideas and knowledge exchange on ways to get dementia research into practice and policy. Working together – knowledge translation matters was the…

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Reinvesting in life is the best prescription

Reinvesting in life is the best prescription

When Kate Swaffer was diagnosed with younger onset dementia, she was advised to give up work, study and life as she knew it, put her affairs in order and investigate aged care options. Instead, she ignored this ‘Prescribed Disengagement™’, as she terms it, and reinvested in life – something she recommends to everyone who has…

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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Looking for better design

Dr Darragh O’Brien outlines six principles for the design of supportive care environments for people living with dementia, and architect Kirsty Bennett explores new design ideas for an ageing population in her review of Designing for the third age.

Also in this issue:

  • The implications of Consumer Directed Care for people with dementia

  • Semantic dementia: a long, sad, lonely journey

  • Understanding HIV and dementia

  • The dangers of ‘Prescribed Disengagement’

  • ‘Everyday exercise’ program reduces falls

  • Suicide risk in family carers

  • Easing the transition from home to residential care

  • Feel-good project makes dreams come true

  • Highlights from the 2014 National Dementia Research Forum

  • Self-discovery through image-making for people with dementia

  • Plus the latest dementia research news and resources

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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