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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2014
IN TOUCH WINTER 2014 11 Q&A QIAM56YEARSOLDAND HAVE JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA--IAMINA STATE OF SHOCK. WHAT CAN I DO FOR MYSELF? The counsellors on the National Dementia Helpline can help you explore your feelings and they can provide contact information about services that are available for you, such as the Library, the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program, Living with Memory Loss program, counselling, and relevant supports in your local community. Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit www.fghtdementia.org.au/NSW Q IT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED THAT MY 84-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND WITH DEMENTIA WHO LIVES IN A NURSING HOME HAVE SURGERY FOR A SKIN LESION ON HIS FACE. SHOULD I DISCUSS THIS WITH SOMEONE BEFOREHAND? It would be good to talk to your husband’s doctor to get the correct medical information. To talk about the dementia specifcally, it would be useful to call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. They can talk about such things as whether your husband may become anxious about the procedure, how he might respond to pain or to the change in his routine and environment. They will also talk about ways that you can make the procedure easier for him. 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase knowledge and confdence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members’ lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10 Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Contact the National Dementia Helpline. E: nsw.helpline@ alzheimers.org.au t: 1800 100 500 Q AlzNSW campaigns rally the public and lobby the government to improve dementia funding and care. Q Courses and special events increase knowledge about dementia risk reduction and treatments. 10 WAYS ALZNSW CAN HELP ALZNSW IS HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, THEIR FAMILIES AND CARERS. LET US COUNT THE WAYS! SERVICES G A P I N G D R A G O N R L O Y I U E E I R O N R T A M A S S A L T A R S T E L M S F E X I T S T H E F T S S N S A Y E H T R A N C E D I S C O C N O T E U O T T E R S A N N U L V I O V E R O D E O R E O E N I N E T Y B R O K E R CROSSWORD PAGE 16 CROSSWORD SOLUTION
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