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Two state-of-the-art sensory gardens
are set to be constructed at the
Alzheimer’s Australia centres in North
Ryde and Port Macquarie. The aim is
to lead the way on demonstrating the
therapeutic benefits of a purpose-built
garden for people with dementia.
The gardens will be developed as
part of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s
commitment to a dementia-friendly
Australia and to ensuring the best
possible quality of life for people with
a diagnosis. Evidence suggests an
effectively designed garden can result
in therapeutic benefits that reduce
stress, anxiety and depression, while
increasing self-esteem and relaxation.
Even more impressive is that
gardens can improve attention,
synchronise circadian rhythms and
Taking design inspiration from other
projects around the globe, along
with feedback from consumers, the
new gardens will be the first of their
kind for Alzheimer’s Australia. They
will be used to enhance social and
therapeutic services that are run by
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, create
a community space, demonstrate
best-practice to service providers, and
help inspire or reinvigorate carers.
Development of the first garden is
under way and, with sufficient funding,
will be completed by June.
If you would like to donate towards
the construction of the gardens, call:
1300 636 679.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is making
changes to our Dementia Advisory,
Telephone Support and Mobile Respite
Services, including contributions by clients
for some services.
The change is a result of an
Australian Government request that
providers of services funded under the
Commonwealth Home Support Program
ask clients to make a small financial
contribution towards the costs of the
services. The changes are effective
from February 2017.
A new policy and fee structure has
been developed by Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW to minimise the impact and cost to
consumers. There will be two payment
options available. A regular multi-
service subscription is available from $8
per month, with an individual service
contribution from $10 per service. Clients
are encouraged to select the option
that best suits the individual’s specific
Anybody who is financially unable to
make a contribution is encouraged to call
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to discuss
their options. Nobody will be denied a
service if they are unable to pay.
All income received from client
contributions will be reinvested back into
the relevant programs to enhance the
services provided. The wide range of
other services offered by the organisation
will continue as normal, without the need
for client contribution.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is a leading
provider of quality dementia services with
unmatched expertise, and the organisation
looks forward to continuing its work with all
clients to ensure they continue to benefit
from the services the organisation provides.
If you would like to find out more
about the services we offer, call the
National Dementia Helpline on:
1800 100 500. You can also visit:
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
hosts its first Memory Walk
& Jog in 2008. And current
CEO The Hon. John Watkins
makes his first appearance.
NSW Governor General
Quentin Bryce calls for
$1 billion investment
for dementia prevention
and long-term care.
announced $3.7 billion
in funding for aged-care
reform – a huge win!
Australian of the
Year and Alzheimer’s
Ita Buttrose graces the
cover of In Touch.
CHANGES TO SERVICE FUNDING
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW has
launched a series of three-hour
workshops for professionals
who work with people affected
by dementia, incorporating the
recently launched virtual reality
smartphone app EDIE.
The new technology uses
Samsung VR Gear to enable
participants to ‘see’ through the
eyes of a person with dementia
and enhance their knowledge,
understanding and empathy.
Participants will explore what it
might feel like to live with or care
for somebody with dementia to
identify support needs.
Coupled with input from
facilitators, the technology
will leave participants with the
knowledge required to enhance
the care they offer through
increased levels of engagement,
support and empowerment.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
will be conducting Enabling
EDIE workshops at its
premises. They can also be
conducted at your place
of work. Contact Marijana
Gavran on (02) 8875 4651
or email: marijana.gavran@
THE QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER OF ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA NSW
AUTUMN 2013. ISSUE 84
HOW WE SHARED
OUR MESSAGE ON
PRESIDENT ITA BUTTROSE NAMED
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
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