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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2012
IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2012 5 A KNITTING GIFT BY CHARLOTTE MITCHELL In the fnal fve years of his life, AlzNSW member Bruce Stubington-Mitchell, from Eastwood, knitted more than 240 jumpers for Indigenous children in Australia as well as for children living in Africa. “Bruce frst started knitting when he was a young boy, and it's something he has always enjoyed doing, ” explains his wife, Rhonda. In 2010 Bruce moved into an aged care facility and was no longer able to knit as often. "But in the four years leading up to that, when Bruce was living at home, he would spend all day knitting, ” Rhonda says. “It was something that kept him happy. ” Bruce and Rhonda regularly attended Alzheimer's Disease Help Our Carers (AD-HOC) meetings at the AlzNSW Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in North Ryde, where they met volunteer Margaret MacMillan. When Margaret suggested that the jumpers that Bruce had been knitting be donated to children in need, the Mitchells agreed and, over the course of several years, Bruce avidly knitted 240 jumpers -- coloured red, black and yellow -- which were sent to clothe children in remote Indigenous communities, Perth and parts of Africa, the Solomons and Tonga. During this time, Bruce also took part in the ABC's famous Knit In at the Top Ryde Civic Centre. Knowing that Bruce made such a contribution to help children in need has made Rhonda and her family very proud. NEW DVDS FOR CALD COMMUNITIES Two new DVDs designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition, not a shameful part of ageing, in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have been released. Created for Assyrian and Croatian communities, the DVDs, titled It's not a disgrace -- it's dementia, address myths and stigma about dementia, and emphasise the importance of seeking support. "If people recognise dementia as a distinct medical condition, they may be more encouraged to seek out advice, assessment and support, ” says Robyn Faine, General Manager Services at AlzNSW. The DVDs feature carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition. Each is about 15 minutes in length and both have English subtitles. They will be available as education resources for health and community workers and services. They are part of a series of resources being developed for Sydney's Assyrian and Croatian communities. The DVDs were produced thanks to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, and Ageing, Disability and Home Care NSW, in conjunction with the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra and Why Documentaries. To order copies of the DVDs, contact AlzNSW's Library and Information Service. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9888 4212 EDUCATION FOR AGED CARE STAFF AlzNSW is collaborating with Guardian Funerals on a new project providing a series of dementia education workshops for aged care staff. The program began late last year with sessions focusing on key areas of communication, as well as managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This year we will expand the project to include sexuality and palliative care in a dementia context. With a shared goal to improve quality of life, Guardian Funerals and AlzNSW embarked on this project to increase care workers' limited access to dementia education. SOCIAL NETWORKS COFFEE AND CHAT What: People with dementia and carers meet monthly throughout the state to share information and ideas. Toronto Contact: Clare Coyle T: (02) 4962 7000 Eleebana Contact: Bev Watson T: (02) 4962 7000 CALD, St George District Contact: Julie Sinnis T: (02) 9531 1928 or 0418 815 041 Sutherland Shire Contact: Julie Sinnis T: (02) 9531 1928 or 0418 815 041 Wingecarribee Contact: Nina Eagle T: (02) 4869 5651 Merimbula, Bateman's Bay and Narooma Contact: Lizzie T: (02) 6492 6158 Cooma Contact: Verity T: (02) 6452 3961 Laurieton and Port Macquarie Contact: Julie-Ann T: 6584 7444 Great Lakes Contact: Ellen T: (02) 6554 5097 Coffs Harbour Contact Marg T: (02) 6651 7101 CARERS' SUPPORT GROUP What: Wingecarribee Dementia Carers Support Group When: Second Tuesday each month Where: Suite 1, The Queen Street Centre, Queen Street, Moss Vale Contact: Angela Lowman T: (02) 4869 5651 AD-HOC What: Monthly functions for people with dementia and carers When: Saturdays, 31 March, 29 April, 26 May and 30 June. Where: Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre, 120 Coxs Road (Cnr Norton Road), North Ryde Cost: $10 per meeting Contact: Patrice or Amanda T: (02) 9888 4268
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