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In This Issue: December 2017 – January 2018


Henthusiasts! Bringing HenPower to Australia

Karn Nelson, from aged care provider The Whiddon Group, reports on the first Australian trial of HenPower, an evidence-based and easy-to-run program that uses hen-keeping and creative activities to combat social isolation among older people, especially those with dementia, in residential care.


Building staff capacity to provide responsive care

Elizabeth Beattie introduces Dementia Training Australia’s new Responsive Behaviours Consultancy – a staff training program to help residential aged care organisations address and reduce dementia-related responsive behaviours.

A response framework with untruths as a last resort

Sometimes the truth causes distress, but is it ever right to lie to a person with dementia? Edward O’Connor, Ian James and Roberta Caiazza describe a practical framework which allows for ‘therapeutic lies’ as a last resort 

Creating Agents of Change

Kate Laver and Monica Cations describe an initiative to improve dementia care practice with a network of Quality Collaboratives of health and aged care professionals across Australia

Supporting culturally competent care

Mary Gurgone and Anne Butorac discuss a project to improve cultural cohesion within the residential aged care workforce

A home away from home

Jason Burton and Marlene Grogan describe how Alzheimer’s WA has transformed its day respite services with the Enabling Households model that delivers better outcomes for clients with dementia and carers

Helping carers rethink respite

Lyn Phillipson reports on the results of a project to promote the benefits of respite to carers and improve uptake of respite services

Empowering consumers

Tiffany Jessop reports on an upcoming national campaign to promote informed, legal and ethical prescribing of psychotropic medication for people with dementia

Australian Dementia Forum highlights

The recent Australian Dementia Forum 2017: Progress on the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative (ADF2017) was an opportunity to share knowledge and information about the latest dementia research. Jo Haslam reports

A poet’s stories

It is 20 years since John Killick published his first book of poems inspired by conversations with people with dementia.  Recently, he has been looking back on these formative experiences and he shares some of the poems which have resulted

Improving children’s attitudes to dementia

Jess Baker presents a summary of results from a pilot study of the Kids4Dementia program, which teaches primary school children about dementia

Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events!

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