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Being active is living well
Dr Lee- Fay Low, Associate Professor of Ageing and Health at the Faculty
of Health Sciences, university of Sydney and author of Living Well with
Dementia shared her insights about Living Well with Dementia at the
Wollongong Art Gallery recently.
“Being active is living well,” Dr Low said. “Engage the person with activity
that’s meaningful and achievable based on their interests and abilities.”
Dr Low’s advice is to find an activity that works and create variety, focusing
on what the person can do now. It can be great to find activities that family
and friends can do with the person as a way of continuing those relationships.
“If a person likes gardening but can’t do physical gardening any more, they
can discuss a gardening magazine or visit a beautiful garden.
“If they like rugby but can’t get to a game because they’re at night or it’s too
crowded, go to a kids game during the day, watch it on television, sort rugby
cards into teams or look at old pictures.”
aDi conference 2015
the 30th International Conference of
Alzheimer’s Disease International will be
held in Perth in April and has attracted a
large field of talented international guest
speakers and dementia care experts.
Held in conjunction with Alzheimer’s
Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia WA,
Alzheimer’s Disease International’s Care,
Cure and the Dementia Experience – A
Global Challenge will attract about 1000
delegates from 60 countries.
International experts Martin Prince
from the uK and Harry Johns from the
uSA, honorary Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
medical adviser Professor Henry Broadaty,
Alzheimer’s Australia consumers Edie
mayhew and Anne tudor will be there
along with a strong representation of
Alzheimer’s Australia nSW staff.
Staff presentations include:
• Alzheimer’s Australia nSW educator
and group worker Judy Bartholomew
will present on Becoming A Dementia-
Friendly Community: the Port
• Bega mobile Respite team support
worker Nola Hergenhan will
talk about working outside the
box in Community Respite.
• Senior research and policy officer Kylie
Miskovski will give a presentation
about Preventing Financial Abuse of
People with Dementia.
• Education and sector development
manager Danielle White will talk about
Dementia and our mob: Aboriginal
Community and Dementia Awareness.
• Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker
Program team leaders marie Gorman
(Alzheimer’s Australia nSW) and
Connie Alomes (Alzheimer’s Australia
tasmania) will present on the Younger
Onset Dementia Key Worker Program.
Posters will also be presented with
• Antipsychotics and dementia: a de-
prescribing guide will be created and
displayed by Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW Marketing and Communications
General manager Andrew mills.
• Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease:
Lifestyle factors or a consequence
of social determinants of health? by
Policy, Research and Information
General manager Brendan moore.
• Respect + Increase capacity + Social
emphasis = Acceptance CALD
Link Worker Brokerage Program:
Alzheimer’s Australia nSW Partnership
Project by Counsellor / Group Facilitator
• Making the story matter: How
dementia has become a legitimate
issue in the media landscape by
Alzheimer’s Australia nSW media
General manager Sarah Price
• the moving into Care Project:
Leading change through successful
collaborative partnerships by Senior
Project manager Sally Lambourne.
.To find out more or to register, visit
the conference website.
Perth, 15-18 April 2015
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, as
part of the Illawarra Forum, has
helped launch a new website to
make it easier for people to find
and access social and support
services in the Illawarra region.
The Dementia Online Illawarra
project responds to community
needs and builds on recent
consultative work by the Illawarra
Forum through the Dementia
Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
would like to extend our
deepest sympathies to the
family of Valerie mann, who
passed away in June 2014.
Valerie served as a member of
the Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
Board from 1996 to 2005, and
is remembered as a champion
volunteer and supporter.
Will your smoke alarm wake
you in the event of a fire? Are
you or someone you know deaf,
deafblind or hard of hearing
and can’t wear hearing aids or
cochlea implants at night? The
Deaf Society of NSW and Fire
and Rescue NSW offer specialist
smoke alarms that include a
strobe light and pillow shaker.
Their joint initiative, the Smoke
Alarm Subsidy Scheme (SASS),
lowers the cost of these specialist
alarms from $500 to $20. Contact
the Deaf Society of NSW.
T: (02) 8833 3600
An international study aimed
at improving the independence
of older Australians at home is
calling for Sydney participants.
Contact the Sydney Nursing
School at the University of Sydney
to find out more. T: (02) 9114 4084
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