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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2014
6 IN TOUCH WINTER 2014 NEWS MERCI BEAUCOUP AlzNSW received a generous $500 donation from The Alliance Française de Port Macquarie in February. Alliance president, Jean Jaraczewski, visited the Port Macquarie ofﬁce to make the donation personally. Jean said the Alliance has always tried to donate any money raised from their fundraising activities to associations that are in need both of money and recognition for the services they provide. Jean said he would have been grateful for the type of support offered in Port Macquarie when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 25 years ago in northern France. AlzNSW thanks Alliance Française de Port Macquarie for their contribution. START2 TALK Do your loved ones know what you would want if dementia, another chronic disease or an accident prevented you from making end-of-life decisions? While no one likes to think about end-of-life issues or dementia, the reality is that difﬁcult ﬁnancial, lifestyle and medical decisions are often left up to others to make on our behalf. To help make discussing end-of-life care with loved ones easier, a new website www.start2talk.org.au has been launched. Dr Chris Shanley from Liverpool Hospital in Sydney developed the Start2Talk program for Alzheimer's Australia after national consultations with consumers, Alzheimer's Australia organisations, guardianship ofﬁcials, healthcare providers and policy makers. The website can help you to make your wishes known and features practical, up-to-date information for each state and territory, available in 30 languages. Have your questions answered by experts, post your story or read about the experiences of others. Worksheets help you plan for yourself or others, which can be a great way to start a conversation with a loved one or a professional about your wishes. You can choose to complete and store the worksheets online, or print them and complete them by hand. The website also has a section for health and community care workers, with information for GPs and Aboriginal Health and Multicultural Workers. To Start2Talk, visit www.start2talk.org.au, or for more information contact email@example.com. The AlzNSW team is celebrating 40 years of combined service in the Bega Valley. The team (pictured) offers a range of services including information, support and practical advice to the approximately 1500 people living with dementia in the Bega electorate. Back: Lizzie Simkus, Barbra Williams, Samantha Joyce. Front: Nola Hergenhan, June Madden. 40 YEARS IN THE BEGA VALLEY A new course has been developed to support staff who work with people living with dementia to help family carers understand and deal with behavioural changes. Most importantly, the course focuses on implementing a 'Purposeful Thinking'-based approach in relation to behavioural change. The Purposeful Thinking approach encourages carers to stop and think about the behaviour concerning them, in a bid to work through the issue in a more effective way. This helps to reduce family stress and increases the wellbeing of the carers and the person living with dementia. The course was developed with support from the NSW Government, Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), and with the advice and feedback from a range of aged care and disability service providers and family carers. The ongoing delivery of these education sessions will be through AlzNSW education and group development services. For more information, please contact Judy Bartholomew or Marg Coutts: E: Judy.Bartholomew@alzheimers. org.au T: (02) 6651 6415 E: Marg.Coutts@alzheimers.org.au T: (02) 6651 7101 CARER COACHING WESTERN NSW DEMENTIA OUTREACH PROGRAM To assist people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends in Western NSW, AlzNSW, with the support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, has developed a Dementia Outreach Program for the region. A new Project Ofﬁcer role has been created that will see Jenny Roberts supporting AlzNSW's presence in Western NSW for the next 12 months, operating out of Dubbo. The project will work in partnership with local service providers to make dementia awareness and education programs more available in the region. AlzNSW currently works with Catholic Community Services (Dubbo), Orana/Far West Dementia Respite Services and Department of Family and Community Services (Mudgee); and the Greater Western Area Health Service (Orange).
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