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Keeping the mind and body active is essential. People
who remain engaged with their day-to-day activities,
interests and social groups often feel more satisfed
and fulflled, and continue to enjoy life and have fun.
Research suggests that keeping active and eating well
might help and even slow down changes in the brain.
The Living Well with Dementia website is a
valuable resource designed to engage, empower
and enable people to achieve this goal and help
to live a good quality life with dementia.
The site provides a range of advice, strategies and
activities to keep the mind and body active, support
services and health and nutrition advice, and numerous
personal stories featuring people from all walks of life
who are living with dementia and actively making the
most of life.
Taking part in programs such as Living with Dementia
can enable people with a diagnosis of dementia to better
understand the condition and prepare for the future.
Participants learn strategies for maintaining and enhancing
skills and abilities. It’s also an opportunity to meet and talk
confdentially with others in a similar situation.
“It has proven extremely valuable to many who have
completed it, with some saying it has changed their outlook
and understanding of what they are going through and, in a
sense, saved their life,” John says. “One said, ‘l learned a lot
from the program and from others. I have become braver. I
didn’t want dementia, but now I don’t hide myself at home
anymore’. Another said it ‘made me feel I’m not rowing [the
boat] by myself’, and another said it made them feel as if
‘there’s a light at the end of the tunnel’.”
Better Life is another program providing one-on-one
coaching that anyone in NSW can access. Participants are
matched with a personal coach who works with them over
eight sessions to address areas where they want to improve.
The program helps with issues like resilience, health and
wellbeing, problem solving and planning for future needs.
Exercise and keeping active are correlated with high
levels of wellbeing. Recent fndings suggest that physical
activity, apart from maintaining body functions, can be a
"GETTING SUPPORT FROM
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND
SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY
CAN HELP PEOPLE LIVING WITH
DEMENTIA DO THE THINGS THAT
THEY WANT OR NEED TO DO.
LIVING WELL WITH
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s inaugural Living Well with
Dementia Conference will be held 22-23 August and will
bring together leading experts to share strategies for helping
people with dementia and their carers live a good quality life.
It will also provide a forum for professionals to learn more
about how they can incorporate practices that support
peope with dementia, their families and carers to live well.
Speakers include: Professor Sue Kurrle, Curran Chair
in Health Care of Older People, University of Sydney and
NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Hornsby
Ku-ring-gai Health Service; Dr Frank Brennan, Palliative
Medicine Physician, St George and Calvary Hospitals,
Kogarah; and Professor Sharon Naismith, Leonard P. Ullman
Chair in Psychology, University of Sydney.
• Engage, Enable, Empower: Making the most of life
• Living with Change and Loss;
• Leadership and Dementia;
• Respite Service Flexibility; and
• Dementia-Friendly Community: How can your business
and community work towards being dementia-friendly?
For more information visit: https://goo.gl/yvP16X
LIVING WELL WITH DEMENTIA CONFERENCE
22-23 August, Rydges World Square,
389 Pitt Street, Sydney
way to sustain wellbeing and improve physical and cognitive
functions in people with mild dementia.
For people living with dementia in care facilities,
staff members need to ensure that their self-esteem,
independence and personhood are maintained. To achieve
this, initiatives must be designed to change attitudes, and
improve knowledge and experiences of care staff.
For information or support, call the National Dementia
Helpline at 1800 100 500 or visit
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