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…

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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,…

Jumping for Joy: Risk and Dementia

Jumping for Joy: Risk and Dementia

Excitement, adventure and an element of risk can, and should, be an important part of life for residents in aged care facilities, explains Colin McDonnell. Allan Rigby, 94, is a man who has lived a full life; he served in World War II, both within Australia and around the islands in the Pacific, and also…

Inside the latest issue of the AJDC:

Exploring dementia-friendly communities

Our August/September issue looks at the strategies for developing dementia-friendly communities in Australia, where the vision is just taking shape, and in the UK, where the movement is well underway.

Feature articles:

  • What a dementia-friendly community means for someone with dementia.

  • How the NSW towns of Kiama and Port Macquarie plan to become Australia’s first dementia-friendly communities.

  • UK experts share the challenges and successes of creating dementia-friendly communities overseas.

Also in this issue:

  • Risky Business 2 conference highlights.

  • Releasing the creative potential of people with dementia.

  • Group Homes model builds on success.

  • Big plans for mobile respite care program.

  • Understanding behaviour.

  • Dementia education for urban Aborigines.

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