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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2013
6 IN TOUCH WINTER 2013 NEWS AL'S TRAVELS AlzNSW mascot Al the elephant has been jetsetting again. Al had a blast meeting locals on the tiny sun-soaked island of Tsoi, Papua New Guinea. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney, with guidance from AlzNSW, is now offering guided tours and hands-on art experiences to small groups of people living with dementia. When a person with dementia connects to their creativity through an activity that is meaningful to them, the positive outcomes are far-reaching. During this time there is no focus on dementia and no stigma, as the activity engages the person at their individual level. The MCA was interested in inviting people with dementia into the gallery to experience the artwork and approached AlzNSW for support. AlzNSW Social and Therapeutic Activities Coordinator Denise Herman and Educator Pam Davis prepared an education session for staff of the MCA. In conjunction with Alzheimer's Australia ACT, AlzNSW developed the A DAY AT THE GALLERY GROUP SUPPORT AlzNSW's Living with Memory Loss (LWML) program provides information, education, counselling and support to people in the early stage of dementia and their families. Participants learn communication and problem-solving skills, and discuss memory loss, the impact of diagnosis, self- care and legal and fnancial issues. Attendees -- more than 500 last year -- report increased awareness of support services and knowledge of dementia. T: 1800 100 500 E: nsw.helpline@ alzheimers.org.au An international photography exhibition that seeks to broaden the understanding of dementia is coming to Sydney in November. American photographer and sociologist Cathy Greenblat's exhibition Love, Loss and Laughter illustrates stories of people living with dementia, including Australians photographed in March and April this year. A professional and personal connection to dementia adds a personal element to her photography, and her depth of understanding is evident in her work. Featuring more than 85 photographs taken in the US, France, India, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Monaco and Australia, the Love, Loss and Laughter exhibition will visit most capital POSITIVE IMAGES OF DEMENTIA cities in Australia between May and November. If you have photos that capture the experience of living with dementia, submit them to be displayed at the Love, Loss and Laughter exhibition when it visits Sydney. Visit the Fight Dementia website, complete the form and upload an image by 4 November. W: exhibition.fghtdementia.org.au/your_ story.php When: 7-27 November Where: Parliament House, Sydney Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Contact: Alzheimer's Australia National Offce, 1 Frewin Place, Scullin, ACT 2614 T: (02) 6254 4233 E: email@example.com PLANNING AHEAD FORUM AlzNSW will hold a Planning Ahead Forum at The Builders Club, Church St, Wollongong on 30 July from 10.15am to 12.30pm. Speakers and topics include: • Dr Lyn Phillipson, University of Wollongong, navigating services • Sharon Wall, Dementia Specialist, advance care planning • Kim Cooper, Elder Law Specialist, legal issues • Pat Joyce, The Aged Care Rights Service, transitions in care To book, contact Michelle. T: (02) 8875 4663 Guiding Visitors with Dementia manual -- a handbook for art gallery tour guides. Pam delivered the Understanding Dementia course and Denise delivered the Engaging People with Dementia with Art course to give MCA staff the understanding and skills they needed to offer tours and group activities for people living with dementia. Denise and AlzNSW clients with dementia visited the MCA four times after the MCA staff training was complete. MCA Public Engagement Manager Georgie Meagher is now working with MCA Art Educators David Capra and Elspeth Grew to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and, indirectly, their carers and families by providing an enjoyable and stimulating environment in which they are actively engaged with other people and art. Where: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm. More information: To fnd out more or book a tour, contact MCA Public Engagement Manager Georgie Meagher. T: (02) 9245 2462 To fnd out more about the Guiding Visitors with Dementia handbook, contact Denise Herman. E: denise.herman@alzheimers. org.au
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