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Royal Commission suspends hearings, extends deadline

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has suspended all hearings, workshops and group consultations until further notice as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In their statement released on 20 March, Commissioners Lynelle Briggs AO and Tony Pagone QC (pictured) said they recognise that meaningful engagement with the aged care sector during the coronavirus pandemic is not possible and have therefore allowed more time for their involvement in the inquiry.

For more information and updates visit https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/news/Pages/About-the-Coronavirus-and-the-Aged-Care-Royal-Commission.aspx

Design focus for World Alzheimer Report 2020

The World Alzheimer Report 2020 will focus on dementia-related design and the built environment, looking at progress to date, best practice and innovation across multiple environments including home, day and residential care, hospitals and public buildings and spaces.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has appointed Australian environmental design expert, psychologist and AJDC Executive Editor, Professor Richard Fleming, to lead a team of international experts and advisors in creating the report, which will be released in September 2020.

Lynelle Briggs AO

Tony Pagone QC

Dementia journal first

Sage’s international peer-reviewed Dementia journal has published what it says is the first special edition of any academic journal to be solely or first authored by people living with a diagnosis of dementia.

The editorial for the journal’s first issue for 2020, lead-authored by the Open Doors group in Manchester, UK, says, “We are seeking to challenge some of the attitudes or stigma around dementia diagnoses and how these perceptions affect the opportunities for people living with dementia to be involved in research, both across the academic research community and further afield.”

The special edition covers a wide range of topics and includes articles from Australian dementia advocates Theresa Flavin and Christine Bryden.

Details at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/dema/19/1

New edition of The Dementia Guide

Dementia Australia has published a second edition of its popular resource, The Dementia Guide, which is aimed at people newly diagnosed with dementia and their supporters. The 160-page A5 guide is available as a PDF as a whole booklet, or in the following sections: ‘About dementia’, ‘Understanding your diagnosis’, ‘Healthcare team and treatments’, ‘Planning for the future’, ‘Living well’, ‘Support for people with dementia’, ‘Dementia Australia services’, ‘Residential care’, ‘Later stages of dementia’, ‘Checklist’, and ‘Support and information for carers’. The first edition was produced and distributed in 2016 by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, based on a UK Alzheimer’s Society resource by the same name.

Dementia Australia says this new edition has been updated and reviewed to further improve accessibility and relevancy for people impacted by dementia.

The Dementia Guide is available to download for free online, or request a printed copy at https://www.dementia.org.au/resources/the-dementia-guide.

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