For all who work with people with dementia


Listed here are articles in the UK edition of the Journal of Dementia Care, founded in 1993, which feature dementia-related issues in Australia. (A full index of all articles in UK JDC can be searched at At present copies of these articles can be requested for a small fee from Sue Benson at Hawker Publications in London, via In due course we hope to provide digital downloads of them all.

Reference lists for AJDC, Vol 11 No 2, Apr/May/Jun 2022

Capability, contact and connection (page 2)

By Professor Belinda Goodenough

  • Bryan M (2022) How Should Defence Force Support Be Used In Aged Care? Aged Care...Read More »

Reference lists for AJDC, Vol 11 No 1, Jan/Feb/Mar 2022

Carer ‘craftivists’ make their point (pages 11-13)

by Chloe Watfern, Gaynor Macdonald, Imelda Gilmore, Lynne Stone and Michele Elliot

AJDC welcomes Dr Meyer to the team

We are pleased to announce that Dr Claudia Meyer has joined the AJDC Editorial Advisory team.

Claudia is a Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Melbourne and Vice-President and Deputy Chair of the Read More »

Zoom engagement ‘how to’ tips

Creative engagement specialist Maurie Voisey-Barlin has created the following guide to engaging older people using Zoom. It’s suitable for use by art and music therapists or performers who are working with or have a connection with aged care...Read More »

‘Golden Angels’ going from strength to strength

The ‘Golden Angels’ volunteer program for patients with dementia and delirium began in 2009 in one NSW rural hospital, has since spread across Australia, and is now...Read More »

Shared tips for living with dementia

UK community-interest company, Innovations in Dementia, is behind a new project launched in December 2020 which is encouraging people living with dementia to share their tips for living with dementia with others who are also ‘in the...Read More »

Dementia Discovery: short courses for new staff

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Residents happy to help themselves

Originally published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care print edition,
Vol 2 No 2, April/May 2013

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Originally published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care print edition,
Vol 6 No 3, June/July 2017

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Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality

WA’s Brightwater Care Group has designed and implemented a workplace innovation, incorporating well-being mapping, which has shown tangible benefits in terms of the job quality of care workers and the quality of care. Wendy Hudson...Read More »

New resource helps hospitals focus on the person

Hospitals can be stressful and busy places, where someone with dementia may find communication especially challenging.

Often a family carer is needed to help explain (and re-explain) issues to hospital staff, and assist them to understand the usual daily routines, needs, and preferences of the person with dementia.

In consultation...Read More »

Shan Crosbie: What are the benefits of engaging with the visual arts in a gallery environment for people living with dementia in Australia?

Shan Crosbie, a Bachelor of Creative Arts student at The Australian National University (ANU), won first prize of $2000 in the third-year category for her essay titled What are the benefits of engaging with the visual arts in a gallery environment for people living with dementia in Australia?

This essay aims to show that an engagement with the discipline of the visual arts has a vital role to play in the development of a dementia-friendly Australia. During my six-week internship at the Learning and Access department of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), I was enchanted by...Read More »

Giverny Witheridge - The dialogue of dementia

Giverny Witheridge

Dedicated to my Nonna and Nonno and Nan and Pop – who are living with dementia every day.

One of the largest health issues facing older people, their families, service providers and governments in the 21st century is the increasing prevalence of dementia.

The term dementia refers to a syndrome caused by...Read More »

Engaging and connecting through music: enablement in practice

Kirsty Beilharz is leading a program which makes music an integral part of relationship building and engagement for people with dementia by embedding it into the daily routine of residential life.

In April 2014, HammondCare commenced a music...Read More »

Inspiring action: checklist for culture change in aged care

David Sheard outlines his assessment of the state of culture change in dementia care in Australia, based on findings from the Butterfly Care Homes’ 50-point checklist

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‘We are still gay…’: the needs of LGBT Australians with dementia

Catherine Barrett, Pauline Crameri, Sally Lambourne and JR Latham report on the results of their ground-breaking research into the experiences and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Australians living with dementia.

The experiences and needs of...Read More »

DIY guide to creating a sensory room

Aged care organisations and carers interested in learning more about creating and using multi-sensory environments (MSE) for people with dementia will find a wealth of information in a recent guide written by UK researchers Dr Anke Jakob and Dr Lesley Collier.

Playful care: what lies beyond the red nose

Michael Balfour, Kirsty Martin, Julie Dunn, Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke and Judy Wollin discuss their work with Playful Engagement, an award-winning arts and health program for people in the mid- to advanced stages of dementia.

Playful Engagement...Read More »

Every picture tells a story

As part of a series of articles looking at the role of art in releasing the creative potential of people with dementia, John Killick showcases the work of Australia’s Dr Julie Gross McAdam, founder of the McAdam...Read More »

Well-being: a strengths-based approach to dementia

G Allen Power discusses why the person-centred care philosophy has failed to become a reality for so many people and suggests alternatives to traditional approaches to dementia care

The past two decades have seen the emergence of two...Read More »

Behind bars: the challenge of an ageing prison population

A surge in the number of older people with dementia in Australia’s prisons has created complex ethical, legal and medical issues. AJDC covered the topic in this article in our August/September 2012 issue, looking at the challenges and solutions. Alzheimer’s Australia is continuing the discussion with the release of a...Read More »

The power of language

Changing the disrespectful and disempowering language often used to refer to people with dementia will help remove discrimination, stigma and isolation, writes Kate Swaffer.

Language is powerful and important in discussions around providing person-centred care to people with...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

Changing the Image of Care

Fiona Calvert

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...Read More »

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.

UnitingCare Starrett Lodge resident Allan Rigby...Read More »

Dementia-friendly communities: what consumers really want

How can communities become more accessible and supportive for people living with dementia? A series of Dementia Friendly Communities Consumer Forums in Adelaide has generated plenty of suggestions from people with dementia, carers, family members and service...Read More »

Invisible carers: Young People Caring for People With Dementia

Karen Hutchinson, Chris Roberts and Susan Kurrle discuss a research project recording the difficult journeys of young people caring for a parent with younger onset dementia

Some readers might be surprised to see an article about young people...Read More »

Men’s Sheds put out the welcome mat

Stuart Torrance talks about the Every Bloke Needs A Shed program in NSW’s Hunter region for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, which is giving men with early stage dementia a space to call their own

Men are generally in...Read More »

Robots in Dementia Care

Professor Wendy Moyle discusses the role of robots in dementia care, particularly the use of companion robots, which her research suggests have the potential to improve mood and quality of life of people with dementia.

As a child...Read More »

Dementia and the impact of not driving

Kate Swaffer, who lives with younger onset dementia, explains why, despite her sense of loss and grief at losing her licence, she believes people with dementia should not be allowed to drive.

Driving is a powerful...Read More »

Recognising the needs underlying aggressive behaviour in people with dementia

Louise Appleton writes about her experience as part of a team who developed a range of person-centred diagnostic tools to better support residents at Kensington Park Aged Care Home, a high-care facility in Perth.

Kensington Park, operated by...Read More »

Sensory Towels

Jo Bozin explains how a simple award-winning aromatherapy program has improved the mealtime experience for residents and staff in one Melbourne residential facility

While working mornings and early afternoons at Bupa Thomastown in February 2011, I noticed...Read More »

Music program hits the right note

James Baldwin reports on a community services program that is supporting carers and people with dementia through the use of personalised MP3 music players

A community services program being run by Southern Cross Care in Victoria is helping...Read More »

Stories to tell

A creative multi-media project which celebrates the lives of people with dementia, Interactive Life Stories, is recording the narratives of residents at BCS Maranoa in Alstonville, NSW, explains James Baldwin

Baptist Community Services (BCS) Maranoa has taken on...Read More »

Food for thought: Facilitating independence with finger foods


Dietician Denise Burbidge discusses finger foods as a flexible, dignified meal option for people with moderate to severe dementia

Aged care workers and people caring for a loved one with dementia know that a nutritious, balanced diet is vital...Read More »

Living in the moment

Dementia affects memory and time in ways that are not always obvious. John Killick shares the experiences of people living in the moment and the beauty to be found in ‘the time called Now’
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Page 8 (February/March 2013)

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Music program hits the right note

James Baldwin reports on a community services program that is supporting carers and people with dementia through the use of personalised MP3 music players
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Page 9 (February/March 2013)

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Heeding the call

Nurse call systems play an important role in managing the care and safety of people with dementia and recent advances in technology mean even more sophisticated systems will soon be available. Bruce Coller explains what to consider when selecting passive and resident-activated nurse call systems
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Backyard project a growing success

An award-winning project, creating backyards specifically designed to provide meaningful activities for aged care residents with dementia, is flourishing around Australia, writes Keeli Cambourne
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 12-13 (February/March 2013)

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Welcome to the neighbourhood

Quality of life should not end with a diagnosis of dementia – that’s the philosophy driving a new concept in small group home residential care in Australia, explains Kerry Schelks
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 14-15 (February/March 2013)

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Sex, dementia and residential care: incompatible bedfellows?

Sexual expression by people with dementia in residential care should not be denied or feared, but treated as a basic human need and right. Michael Bauer,
Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Rhonda Nay and Laura Tarzia explain
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 16-18 (February/March 2013)

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Bringing home the benefits of technology

In Oslo, Norway, a unique demonstration facility shows how assistive technology can be integrated into a home to meet the needs of people with dementia. Torhild Holthe, Sigrid Aketun, Solfrid Lyngroth and Sidsel Bjørneby report
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 19-21 (February/March 2013)

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Assistive technology: ready, steady, go

Technology is increasingly available to assist in aged and dementia care. But there must be greater awareness of what’s available, the benefits and how it can be successfully implemented, writes Jeffrey Soar
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 22-23 (February/March 2013)

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Let’s get serious about evaluating our buildings

Architect David Lane discusses the importance of dementia care environments and the need to incorporate research findings into building design
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 23-24 (February/March 2013)

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Healing wounds: person-centred care of the family

Kim Wylie explores how difficult family backgrounds can lie buried beneath the surface, and how a person-centred approach can help family members as well as the person with dementia
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 25-28 (February/March 2013)

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Improving the design of facilities for people with dementia

In the second of a two-part series Professor Richard Fleming completes his description of the principles of good design for people with dementia and looks at some of the issues that hinder their application
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 31-34 (February/March 2013)

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Sensor technology: a smart way to manage continence

Urinary incontinence is one of the most emotionally challenging issues facing people with dementia, and supporting continence is a major concern of both professional and family carers. Paul Fish and Victoria Traynor show how technology is able to assist with continence management
AJDC Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 35-38 (February/March...Read More »

Cultivating playfulness

John Killick discusses connecting with people through laughter, and the empowering quality of humour

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 8 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Towards a world without dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia is now initiating the second stage of its Fight Dementia campaign – driving community support for more research on dementia, as Kayla Morgan explains

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 9 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Creating dementia enabling environments

The Dementia Enabling Environments Project (DEEP) is helping to close the gap between research and practice in designing environments for people with dementia, as Jason Burton explains

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 10 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Talking Point

Time to explore some accepted ‘wisdom’ in dementia care. By Jackie Pool

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Page 11 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Design for dementia: educating the next generation

Dr Roger Fay introduces a DTSC project which is encouraging architecture students to design and build the next generation of dementia-friendly environments

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 12-13 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Don’t forget the furniture

Kerry Schelks describes the characteristics of good furniture for people with dementia and discusses developments in design with one of Australia’s leading furniture manufacturers

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 14-15 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Building better respite: hearing the voice of carers

Elaine Fielding, Elizabeth Beattie, Meredith Gresham, Christine Neville and Margaret Readford report on a study that investigated what carers of people with dementia want and need from respite services

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 16-18 (December 2012/January 2013)

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The wheel turns again: are new designs meeting the needs of people with dementia?

Brian Kidd, an architect with more than 30 years of experience in designing buildings for people with dementia, reviews the history of homelike facilities and warns against reinventing large institutions

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 19-21 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Poetry in dementia care: overcoming the challenges

In this second part of their article about a poetic intervention for people with dementia, Helen Gregory, Karen Hayes, Viv Jones and Simon Opher share their challenges and frustrations with the aim of helping others engaged in similar work

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 22-25 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Making sense of relationships

Margaret Metcalfe shares her enthusiasm for relationship-centred care and the SENSES framework in helping her work with people with fronto-temporal dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 26-27 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Playing up for dementia: taking the SMILE Study from research to practice

The Play Up program, one of the practical outcomes of the SMILE study supporting use of humour therapy in dementia care, brings laughter and life into the lives of people living in residential care facilities. By Dr Maggie Haertsch

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 28-30 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Dementia in the family: caring experiences of grandchildren

Elisabeth Philipp-Metzen describes a qualitative research study focusing on the subjective experiences of grandchildren who helped to care for a grandparent with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 33-34 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Improving the design of facilities for people with dementia

In the first of a two-part series, Professor Richard Fleming describes five of the 10 principles that clarify and simplify designing environments for people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 35-38 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Dementia: a National Health Priority at last

Glenn Rees celebrates the hard-won recognition of dementia as a National Health Priority Area in Australia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Page 8 (October/November 2012)

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Telling stories

John Killick explores the ways in which people with dementia share their stories, how we can join them in their narratives, and why it is important that we do

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 9 (October/November 2012)

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Nostalgic Pathways

Kylie Jacques of Anglican Care writes about Nostalgic Pathways, a program for mental and sensory engagement developed at Jesmond Grove hostel

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 10-11 (October/November 2012)

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Talking Point

Dementia doesn’t cause ‘sundowning’ – we do, by Dr G Allen Power

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 11 (October/November 2012)

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Three-course dinner on Memory Lane

James Baldwin reports on a Central Coast Community Care project to reunite people with dementia and their partners through meaningful social activities

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 12-13 (October/November 2012)

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Moving forward side by side

Kathy Stone reports on an award-winning program that pairs people with younger onset dementia with workplace buddies – and is transforming lives as a result

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 14-15 (October/November 2012)

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Look elsewhere: the need for alternatives to anti-psychotics

Chris Bonner explains how early enthusiasm for atypical anti-psychotics used to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia is being challenged by new research evidence

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 16-18 (October/November 2012)

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Honouring the spirit within

James Baldwin introduces Namaste Care: a creative program offering people with advanced dementia dignity and gentle engagement through to the end of their lives

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 19-21 (October/November 2012)

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Help is at hand: Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services

Emily Holt and Ann Atkinson from the Department of Health and Ageing introduce the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) and share some case studies that illustrate their work

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 22-24 (October/November 2012)

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Poetry in dementia care: one project, four voices

Helen Gregory, Karen Hayes, Viv Jones and Simon Opher had different roles to play in delivering an innovative poetry project with people with dementia. Here, each one shares their experience of the project

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 25-27 (October/November 2012)

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Measuring the benefits

Diana Sims and Tracey McCrum report on creating firm evidence from their anecdotal impressions of the psychological benefits of a post-diagnosis support group

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 28-30 (October/November 2012)

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Therapeutic gardens: improving the quality of life

Dr Nicole Nogoy writes about research carried out on the ground in Uniting Care Ageing’s Starrett Lodge, a residential aged care facility which implemented a garden designed to engage people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 33-35 (October/November 2012)

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Introducing DEMOS: the Queensland service led by a nurse practitioner

Sally Borbasi describes the implementation and evaluation of a Dementia Outreach Service (DEMOS) in Queensland. Lead by a nurse practitioner (dementia care), DEMOS is an example of an innovative and effective program for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 36-38 (October/November 2012)

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Remembering Together

Participants from 25 reminiscence projects involving people with dementia and their carers across Europe gathered in Germany in June. They brought with them some colourful luggage: wall hangings, embroidered cushions and major art works. Catherine Ross finds out why

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 8-9 (August/September 2012)

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Wii can make a difference

Caroline Ryder-Jones, Alison Bullock and Laura Anderson tell how Wii technology enlivened a club in north east England for people living with young onset dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 10-11 (August/September 2012)

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Growing with the flow: the aquaponics garden at Basin View Masonic Village

Fish, yabbies, water, plants and art have come together in an integrated aquaponics garden designed to be accessible for people with dementia – the first of its kind in Australia. By James Baldwin

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 12-13 (August/September 2012)

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Seeking the spiritual

John Killick explores the links between the dementia journey and spirituality. The second of a series written exclusively for the AJDC, John’s views are based on two decades of working with people with dementia in Australia and the UK

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 14 (August/September 2012)

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Transforming health care for residents with dementia

Rosanne Fleming writes about the Centre for Excellence in Dementia Care in Queensland: a cluster of cottages for people with dementia, and a Nurse Practitioner in attendance

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 15 (August/September 2012)

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Behind bars: the challenge of an ageing prison population

With the number of older people with dementia in correctional facilities surging, complex ethical, legal and medical issues have arisen. James Baldwin and Jasmin Leete discuss the challenges and solutions for people with dementia in Australian prisons

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 16-19 (August/September 2012)

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The importance of going outside - and the reasons why this so often does not happen

Annie Pollock, co-author of a book on the importance of outdoor spaces for people with dementia, highlights the need for older Australians to spend more time outside

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 20-22 (August/September 2012)

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Arts and creative engagement in dementia: setting the agenda

Marily Cintra and John Zeisel discuss the benefits, achievements and challenges of dementia-specific health-arts programs in Australia, which engage and enrich the lives of people with dementia, artists, and carers

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 23-26 (August/September 2012)

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Spark of Life: a quantum leap in dementia care

Hilary Lee and Jane Verity write about the Spark of Life program, a successful alternative approach to care which focuses on igniting the human spirit and meeting the emotional needs of people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 27-30 (August/September 2012)

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Where have all the nurses gone? Solutions for attracting and retaining nurses in dementia care settings

Kathy Stone covers a research project examining the common motivations for becoming an aged and dementia care nurse, and the best ways to recruit and retain nurses in the long term

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 33-34 (August/September 2012)

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Adapting group CST: building on strength

Chris Wilson and Andrew Healey explain how group cognitive stimulation therapy sessions can be adapted for people with frontal lobe dementias – to good effect

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 35-37 (August/September 2012)

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One step at a time

The Walk Around Australia program has motivated long-term care residents with dementia to trek the total distance of Australia’s coastline – over 20,000 kilometres – in a 16-month collaborative effort. By James Baldwin

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 8-9 (June/July 2012)

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What a difference a day makes

Alzheimer’s Australia has long championed the cause of people with dementia and their carers. In this article Glen Rees celebrates the impact of the Fight Dementia Campaign on the government and welcomes the release of the ‘Living longer, living better’ reform package

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 10-12 (June/July 2012)

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Removing the walls of fear

This is the first of a series on communication and relationships specially written for AJDC by well-known author, John Killick. They are based on John’s experiences of talking with and working alongside people with dementia over two decades in the UK and abroad, including Australia. The views are John’s own...Read More »

Trial iPhone app helps to extend environmental design consultancy

Richard Fleming writes about an innovative approach to design consultation for aged care facilities: an iPhone App based around the principles of the Environmental Audit Tool (EAT) which aims to make designing for dementia more accessible

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 14-15 (June/July 2012)

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How ventriloquism is helping people to speak for themselves

James Baldwin writes about the Melbourne-based Baptcare Strathalan initiative, the Ventriloquist Dolls in Music Therapy Program, which brings accessible, interactive comedy to people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 16-17 (June/July 2012)

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Designing for dementia: key design principles in Indigenous settings

Architect Kirsty Bennett discusses the application of design principles to a long-term residential care facility for older Indigenous people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 18-21 (June/July 2012)

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How to raise a SMILE: the Sydney Multi-site Intervention of LaughterBosses and Elder Clowns

Dr Peter Spitzer, aka Dr Fruit-loop, explains the work of Elder Clowns and Laughter Bosses in dementia care, while Dr Lee-Fay Low shares some of the early findings from the world’s largest study into the effects of humour therapy on people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 22-25 (June/July...Read More »

Pushing past the pain barrier

Kathy Stone reports on new training modules designed to improve identification, assessment and treatment of chronic pain in people with dementia

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 26-27 (June/July 2012)

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Appetite for life: what can help improve the mealtime experience?

Lynn Malloy describes her review of studies on the mealtime experience for people with dementia in formal care settings. She focuses especially on what can help mealtimes to provide ‘food for the soul’ as much as they provide fuel for the body, and the importance of guidance and emotional support...Read More »

What does ‘neighbourhood’ mean for carers of people with dementia?

Richard Ward, Andrew Clark and Matthew Hargreaves outline the findings of a study that looked at how carers of people with dementia relate to their neighbourhood, and the implications for improving local support

AJDC Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 33-36 (June/July 2012)

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'It doesn't matter what you do, you finish up with nothing'

Kim Wylie shares a case history, involving intensive sensory experiences to nurture more caring, open and supportive interactions with residents. William’s story also shows the profound effect of a care home’s political and organisational environment
UK JDC Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 30-32 (Sept/Oct 2011)

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Re-igniting the Spark of Life: a philosophy and whole systems approach

In this edited extract from Creative approaches in dementia care, Jane Verity and Hilary Lee introduce the Spark of Life Philosophy and explain how it is being implemented and evaluated in a range of dementia care settings around the world.
UK JDC Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 24-27 (Sept/Oct 2011)

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Movement as the medium for connection, empathy, playfulness

Donna Newman-Bluestein and Heather Hill explain what dance therapy means for people with dementia, and the role it can play as an integral part of person-centred care.
UK JDC Volume 18, Issue 5, Pages 24-27 (Sept/Oct 2010)

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Ambitious study of complex interventions

Dawn Brooker explains the findings of the Centre for Aged Dementia Care Resident Study (CADRES) and reflects on the research, its background and implications
UK JDC Volume 17, Issue 3, Pages 3 (37-39) (May/Jun 2009)

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Beatrice: personhood restored through sensory experience

Kim Wylie tells how regular, gentle sensory sessions with Beatrice, a care home resident with dementia, drew out vivid responses from a woman thought to be isolated and withdrawn
UK JDC Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 4 (28-31) (Jan/Feb 2009)

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Maintaining the passion

Kate Allan and John Killick report from Hammond Care’s 7th international conference in Sydney, Australia
UK JDC Volume 16, Issue 5, Pages 8-10 (Sept/Oct 2008)

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Talk but no walk: barriers to person-centred care

Why is it so hard to ‘walk the walk’ of truly person-centred care even in what seems a very good care environment? Heather Hill concludes that changes are needed beyond the unit itself – in the whole organisation and the wider community too.
UK JDC Volume 16, Issue 4, Pages...Read More »

Easing the way into care

Hilary Lee explains how one care facility in Australia took a close look at how to best support people with dementia as they move into care
UK JDC Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 18-19 (Mar/Apr 2008)

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Good spirits in clear evidence

Mary Marshall reports on this year’s Alzheimer’s Australia conference in Perth, with the theme ‘A journey of passion and purpose ? the next 100 years’
UK JDC Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 8 (Jul/Aug 2007)

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Citizenship and dementia: some inconvenient truths

Stephen Judd challenges conventional wisdom on empowerment for people with dementia with some inconvenient truths from Down Under
UK JDC Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 19-21 (May/Jun 2007)

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Developing needs-led services for younger people

Lynne Mather explains how listening and responding to the needs expressed by younger people with dementia and their families has been the inspiration for a range of services in Victoria, Australia
UK JDC Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 18-20 (Jul/Aug 2006)

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The Getting Through Initiative: inside the interactions

In the last of three articles on the Good Sunset Project, John Killick and Kate Allan analyse and reflect on what happened during their attempts to ‘get through’ to individuals with advanced dementia.
UK JDC Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 27-28 (Mar/Apr 2006)

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Dolls in dementia care: bridging the divide

We know there are different views about doll therapy. But is there any way through to a consensus? Jane Verity argues her case with some persuasive examples.
UK JDC Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 25-27 (Jan/Feb 2006)

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The Good Sunset Project: making contact with those close to death

In the second of three articles on the Good Sunset Project, John Killick and Kate Allan describe the Getting Through Initiative, which aimed to reach individuals with advanced dementia, and those close to death.
UK JDC Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 22-24 (Jan/Feb 2006)

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The Good Sunset Project: quality of life in advanced dementia

How can we improve communication with those who have advanced dementia? John Killick and Kate Allan describe a developmental project undertaken for Hammond Care in Australia
UK JDC Volume 13, Issue 6, Pages 22-23 (Nov/Dec 2005)

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A personal experience of successful doll therapy

Sheila Gibson describes the difference a doll made: not only did it improve the quality of her mother’s final months of life in a nursing home, but it also had therapeutic consequences for the family – and benefits for staff, too
UK JDC Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 22 (May/Jun 2005)

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Putdowns and uplifts: signs of good or poor dementia care

The ‘new culture’ of care has enabled carers to identify and avoid negative ways of relating to people with dementia. In the fourth article in our series on DCM, Daniel Kuhn and Jane Verity marry these ‘putdowns’ with the other side of the coin: positive ‘uplifts’ that enhance well-being
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Expressing her playfulness, love and laughter

Kathleen’s life was filled with hard work, with little time to enjoy motherhood or have fun. But the experience of dementia seemed to free her to relax, laugh and take pleasure in maternal and nurturing feelings towards her ‘family’ of soft toys, writes Kim Wylie
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Suit the word to the action

Stephen Judd reports from New South Wales, Australia, where employers and staff have worked together to tailor job descriptions to their care ideals.
UK JDC Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 10 (Jan/Feb 2000)

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The heart of the home - but how are kitchens used?

In Australia, kitchens are now considered essential in helping create a more homely environment in low care residential dementia centres. Meredith Gresham conducted a survey of ten facilities in Sydney, New South Wales, to find out how the kitchens were being used.
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Jewels in the crown - shared principles, varied solutions

Peter Phippen takes us on a whistle stop tour through some examples of good design for dementia in Australia and northern Europe.
UK JDC Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 18-19 (Jan/Feb 1998)

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A view from Australia

Dr John Tooth describes the difference training for all staff – from the gardener to the nurse in charge – has made to residential facilities in Tasmania.
UK JDC Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 12 (Mar/Apr 1997)

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Who wants a home for life?

In discussion of design and provision of residential facilities for people with dementia in the UK, the concept of a “home for life” is prominent. Not so in Australia. John Tooth assesses the practical significance of this difference.
UK JDC Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 12-14 (Jul/Aug 1996)

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Four into one will go

ADARDS nursing home in Tasmania provides domestic-scale care for the most disturbed people with dementia at two thirds of the cost of a psychiatric hospital bed. Dr John Tooth explains the thinking behind the project’s success.
UK JDC Volume 2, Issue 6, Pages 15-17 (Nov/Dec 1994)

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