A prescription for wellbeing
Vol 11 Issue 1 2022 Jan / Feb / Mar
Issue 1 Jan / Feb / Mar 2022

A prescription for wellbeing

A prescription for wellbeing

Inside this issue

Online First

Connecting with Zoom Mates

Oct 28 2021 13 min read Online First
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Passing the baton: new leadership for DAAC

Jan 21 2022 7 min read News
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Behaviour support plans: will they make a difference for people living with dementia?

Jan 21 2022 13 min read AJDC Asks
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Project updates and viewpoints

Ask a neuroscientist: How does music affect the brain of a person with dementia?

The article offers information on how music affects the brain of a person with dementia. It mentions that nonpharmacological strategies can have a significant impact on wellbeing and improve cognition. It discusses that musical engagement, such as listening to music or singing songs, have benefits for people with dementia, ranging from reduced agitation and improved quality of life.

Carer craftivists make their point

The article offers information about the craftivism’ project, hosted by Dementia Reframed and Maridulu Budyari Gumal SPHERE (the Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise). It mentions that dementia care partners has talked about stigma, isolation and exhaustion faced by the people with dementia.

Using Technology to foster connections

The article explores how two aged care facilities during the Covid-19 lockdowns in New South Wales, Australia used technology to host events to support resident engagement.

COPE strategies offer practical at home support

In this article, Kate Laver, Sally Day, Miia Rahja, Jennifer Culph and Lindy Clemson discuss the effective implementation of an occupational therapy and nursing program for people with dementia and their families living in the community. The program referred to as COPE Care of People with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) offers practical at-home support.

At home arts program a prescription for welllbeing

The article offers information about Arts on Prescription at Home, a participatory arts program, offered in the homes of people living with dementia and their family members in Sydney, Australia. Reported program outcomes included the provision of opportunities for creative engagement and improved wellbeing of people living with dementia.

StepUp gaining momentum

A progress report on the work of the StepUp for Dementia Research service since its launch two years ago and how to get involved

The specialist dementia care program two years on

A look at the first two years of Australia’s Specialist Dementia Care Program

The power of collaboration

The article discusses about the Australian Federal Department of Health and Ageing established the Dementia Collaborative Research Centers (DCRCs) with the aim of fostering collaboration between researchers, clinicians, consumers, policy makers and aged care providers. It mentions the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration’s research for psychosocial care and community, acute and residential dementia care.

Research Focus

Developing effective online dementia care training: lessons from the trenches

Sabrina Pit, Kathryn De Souza and Anne Moehead share key lessons from their experience as dementia educators with the Dementia Care Competency & Training Network. Guidance on developing, delivering and evaluating effective online dementia care training is outlined.

Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events.


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

by Chloe Watfern, Gaynor Macdonald, Imelda Gilmore, Lynne Stone and Michele Elliot
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COPE strategies offer practical at-home support (pages 17-19)

by Kate Laver, Sally Day, Miia Rahja, Jennifer Culph and Lindy Clemson
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  • Rahja M, Comans T, Clemson L, Crotty M, Laver K (2018) Are There Missed Opportunities For Occupational Therapy For People With Dementia? An Audit Of Practice In Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 65(6) 565-574.
  • Rahja M, Nguyen KH, Laver K, Clemson L, Crotty M, Comans T (2020) Implementing An Evidence‐Based Dementia Care Program In The Australian Health Context: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. Health & Social Care in the Community 28(6) 2013-2024.
  • Rahja M, Culph J, Clemson L, Day S, Laver K (2020) A Second Chance: Experiences and Outcomes Of People With Dementia and Their Families Participating In A Dementia Reablement Program. Brain Impairment 21(3) 274-285.
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At-home arts program a ‘prescription’ for wellbeing (pages 20-22)

by Claire O’Connor, Roslyn Poulos, Michelle Heldon, Linda Barclay, Elizabeth Beattie and Christopher Poulos
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  • DiLauro M, Pereira A, Carr J, Chiu M, Wesson V (2017) Spousal Caregivers And Persons With Dementia: Increasing Participation In Shared Activities Among Hospital-Based Dementia Support Program Participants. Dementia 16(1) 9-28.
  • Giebel CM, Challis DJ, Montaldi D (2014) A Revised Interview For Deterioration In Daily Living Activities In Dementia Reveals The Relationship Between Social Activities And Wellbeing. Dementia 15(5) 1068-1081.
  • HammondCare (2017) An Arts on Prescription Model To Promote Healthy and Active Ageing. Available at: www.hammond.com.au/arts-on-prescription-sector-guide/file.
  • Johnson J, Culverwell A, Hulbert S, Robertson M, Camic PM (2017) Museum Activities In Dementia Care: Using Visual Analog Scales To Measure Subjective Wellbeing. Dementia 16(5) 591-610.
  • Kaimal G, Ray K, Muniz J (2016) Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making. Art Therapy 33(2) 74-80.
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  • Poulos RG, Harkin D, Beattie E, Cunningham C, O’Connor CMC, Poulos CJ (2021) Arts on Prescription @ Home: Home-Delivered Participatory Art Pilot To Support Wellbeing In Dementia Carer And Care Recipient Dyads. Journal of Aging and Social Change 11(2) 33-49.
  • Poulos RG, Marwood S, Harkin D, Opher S, Clift S, Cole AMD, Rhee J, Beilharz K, Poulos CJ (2019) Arts On Prescription For Community-Dwelling Older People With A Range Of Health and Wellness Needs. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(2) 483-492.
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Developing effective online dementia care training: lessons from the trenches (pages 36-40)

by Sabrina Pit, Kathryn De Souza and Anne Moehead 

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