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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
news 4 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au news For the first time, a forum in Port Macquarie brought together service providers for people with dementia on the Mid-North Coast. Gary Thomas, coordinator of AlzNSW’s Dementia and Memory Community Centre in Port Macquarie, said December’s regional Dementia Pathways Forum was an important step in improving services for people with dementia in the area. “This is all about bringing all the service providers for people with dementia in the area together so we can ultimately provide better care for people with dementia, and their families and carers,” Mr Thomas said. Brochure launched “We also launched a new brochure, called First steps, to help people with memory loss concerns find out what help is available and how to access that help.” The brochure was developed collaboratively by local service providers and carers. “It is important for people to know that life does not stop with a diagnosis of dementia,” Mr Thomas said. “People who have been diagnosed with dementia can continue to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life and there is help and support available, which was what the event was all about.” Guest speakers Professor Richard Fleming, the director of the Dementia Training Study Centre in the faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Wollongong, was a guest speaker at the forum. Jane Roser, senior project officer with Ageing Disability and Home Care in Coffs Harbour, also spoke at the forum and launched the First steps brochure, along with the Mid- North Coast Dementia Action Plan 2009-2012. The regional Dementia Pathways Forum is part of the Dementia Action Plan 2009-2012 and was hosted by AlzNSW. First Mid-North Coast dementia forum AlzNSW Educator Elaine White’s new book, Dementia and sexuality: The rose that never wilts, helps care staff and relatives understand the sometimes challenging sexual behaviour of people living with dementia. It describes the possible causes of this behaviour and includes a proactive six-step problem-solving pathway helpful in uncovering the origins of a perceived behaviour and associated problems, setting goals, and planning life-enhancing strategies to ensure the dignity and wellbeing of the person with dementia. The importance of how each of us responds to challenging sexual behaviour is emphasised in Dementia and Sexuality. The book asks readers to think deeply about the behaviour of people living with dementia as well as about their own attitudes, and shows that, armed with knowledge, a real difference can be made, changing perceived problems into desired outcomes for all concerned. about the author Author Elaine White is an educator with AlzNSW and has been consulted about sexual behaviour over the past 20 years, including in her previous role as a clinical nurse consultant in geriatrics and aged care. Read Copies of Dementia and Sexuality: The rose that never wilts are available for members to borrow or buy. Borrow Contact the AlzNSW library. T: (02) 9888 4218 E: email@example.com Buy Visit the Alzheimer’s Australia Online Bookshop. T: (02) 8206 9035 W: www.alz. seekbooks.com.au Planning ahead seminar Professor Colleen Cartwright from Southern Cross University, an international expert in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life, will be speaking in Sydney on Monday 11 April about planning for end of life issues. Professor Cartwright will be in Sydney as part of a national tour for Alzheimer’s Australia to talk to audiences about practical options now available for planning for end of life care. The tour will coincide with the release of Alzheimer’s Australia’s discussion paper Planning for the End of Life for People with Dementia, Part I. For more information, contact AlzNSW. T: (02) 9805 0100 Dementia and sexuality: new book alzheimer’s australia’s Gary Thomas speaks about the forum on Prime news
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