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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
18 In touch Spring 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au As AlzNSW's Educator with our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) project, Michelle Basic is involved in making sure that dementia awareness, risk reduction strategies and carer education reach into the CaLD communities of NSW. "There are approximately 117 languages spanning 200 cultures spoken as the main language in NSW homes, and the total number of people in NSW who don't speak English at home is approximately 1.2 million," Michelle says. "Some communities have no word for dementia, so the condition is not openly discussed or understood. Bringing contemporary information to these communities is very rewarding." On the mark The courses Michelle writes and delivers must be useful, meaningful and relevant to encourage early diagnosis and the uptake of services to better support both people living with dementia and their families. "In light of the prevalence prediction figures for the next few decades, it is extremely important to raise the profile of dementia," Michelle says. A day in the life of... AlzNSW Educator Michelle Basic PEOPLE "The CaLD Project and I as an English-only speaker are indebted to the enthusiasm of bilingual volunteers who have worked alongside me to make certain that written information, visual material and general dialogue is palatable and of interest to the individual communities." Visual aid To support communities where there is stigma and misinformation about dementia, Michelle is producing DVDs to demonstrate that dementia is a medical condition that should not carry with it shame and social ostracism. "Over the past few months I have been working closely with the Croatian and Assyrian communities, and the filming of DVDs for these two communities has just commenced," Michelle says. "The DVDs feature doctors, allied health professionals, community workers and carers of that culture, speaking directly to their communities, giving factual information and very personal accounts of dementia. The DVDs will be distributed widely with the aim of demystifying dementia, promoting acceptance and steering communities to avenues of assistance." The DVDs will also have English subtitles, making them a useful, ongoing resource for educators, the wider community and for families who have younger family members who may only speak English. Community engagement "I'm continually impressed by the strength of the many families I've met, and particularly by the generosity of carers, who already have a heavy workload, who have embraced the opportunity to defy cultural stigma and appear on the DVDs with the simple, unselfish aim of helping others in their communities," Michelle says. "Every day of my working life is different and it continues to be a privilege to be welcomed with great warmth into the many communities I have spoken with. I'm enjoying something of a cultural and food safari around which the confounding subject that is dementia can be put into better perspective."
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12