NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

February/March 2017 Cover story: Creative ways to care  Bethanie Care Group and Agelink Theatre in Western Australia have collaborated on a theatre, music and reminiscence project which culminated in a performance staged by and for people with dementia, in front of an audience of 300. Staff engagement and upskilling enhances job, care quality WA’s Brightwater Care … [Read More] NEW Issue: Australian Journal of Dementia Care

Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

ABSTRACT Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned NATSEM at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra to estimate the cost of dementia in Australia. The economic impact of dementia is a major concern nationally and internationally as the number of individuals with dementia continues to rise. Access Economics (2003) estimated the total cost … [Read More] Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia 2016-2056 – Alzheimer’s Australia

‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

MODEM: A comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for dementia – LSE

 ABSTRACT Background: The MODEM project (A comprehensive approach to MODelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for DEMentia) explores how changes in arrangements for the future treatment and care of people living with dementia, and support for family and other unpaid carers, could result in better outcomes and more efficient use of resources. Methods: MODEM … [Read More] MODEM: A comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for dementia – LSE

The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ABSTRACT Purpose: Our purpose in this study was to review and synthesize the research literature on the quality of life of both caregivers (CGs) and care recipients (CRs) with dementia after admission to long-term care facilities. Design/methodology/approach: Four databases – AgeLine, Medline, EBSCO, and PyscINFO – were searched and the relevant literature from 2002 onwards … [Read More] The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Dementia and Reduce Dementia Symptom – Working with Older People

ABSTRACT Purpose: Dementia is a growing problem worldwide, due to an ageing population. It has significant human and economic costs. There is no effective medical treatment. Design/methodology/approach:Using earlier reviews, we discuss the difference between dementia and cognitive ageing and the different types of dementia, in terms of manifestation and pathology. We reviewed non-modifiable risk factors … [Read More] Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Dementia and Reduce Dementia Symptom – Working with Older People

Aged Care Insite eNewsletter

NEWS – Extract Provider calls for action on loneliness after report reveals increase … Half of Australians aged 65 and over have experienced feelings of loneliness, new research has revealed. About 1.7 million participants of the study said they have felt lonely, up by almost 300,000 since the survey was last conducted in 2015. The Social … [Read More] Aged Care Insite eNewsletter

Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

A selection of articles from a vaierty of sources: Being sociable can help keep your brain healthy, study finds — Alzheimers.org.uk — Being sociable by taking part in community based group activity can help keep your brain healthy in later life, research by the University of Southampton has found.Being members of a political party, environmental group, neighbourhood watch, a … [Read More] Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: Christchurch, New Zealand has a unique opportunity to potentially rebuild as a dementia-friendly city in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The present study gathered insights from people with dementia about what would make it possible for them to live better in Christchurch. Method: Twenty-six older people living with dementia were … [Read More] Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT The expected increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will be accompanied by an increase in the number of cases involving persons with AD brought up to the courts. This study examined the perceptions and experiences of social workers and lawyers regarding these cases. Three focus groups including social … [Read More] The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Can We Help Care Providers Communicate More Effectively With Persons Having Dementia Living in Long-Term Care Homes? – American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias

ABSTRACT Background: Effective communication between residents with dementia and care providers in long-term care homes (LTCHs) is essential to resident-centered care. Purpose: To determine the effects of a communication intervention on residents’ quality of life (QOL) and care, as well as care providers’ perceived knowledge, mood, and burden. Method: The intervention included (1) individualized communication … [Read More] Can We Help Care Providers Communicate More Effectively With Persons Having Dementia Living in Long-Term Care Homes? – American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias

Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

From digital assistants to ‘smart’ medicine bottles, a new wave of connected devices could help people live independently for longer Extract from an article by Nicola Davis Smart bottles that dispense the correct dose of medication at the correct time, digital assistants, and chairs that know how long you’ve sat in them are among the … [Read More] Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care – The Guardian

New issue: The Caring Times (UK)

Down on the ostrich farm / By guest blogger CATHY BUTTERWORTH, Independent Nurse Consultant I wish I could have been where Philip Hammond has been for the last few months – somewhere quiet and peaceful, away from the world, a desert island perhaps with lots of sand. He must have been so isolated, with no access to … [Read More] New issue: The Caring Times (UK)

New issue: The Gerontologist – Oxford Journals

In This Issue: Ageism & Stereotypes Dementia Euthanasia Volume 56 Issue 6 December 2016 A selection of articles with abstracts The Language of Ageism: Why We Need to Use Words Carefully / Tracey L. Gendron, E. Ayn Welleford, Jennifer Inker, and John T. White Dementia Caregivers Use of Services for Themselves / Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Linda O. Nichols, Jeffrey Zuber, Robert Burns, and Marshall J. Graney Comparison of the Rowe-Kahn … [Read More] New issue: The Gerontologist – Oxford Journals

Education resource supports families to make sense of dementia diagnosis – Australian Ageing Agenda

Extract A new DVD has been launched to help increase carers’ understanding of dementia and the impact on the brain. The resource, which community care service providers can share with clients and carers, discusses dementia and how it progresses, some of its most common forms, how the brain works and how dementia changes the brain. … [Read More] Education resource supports families to make sense of dementia diagnosis – Australian Ageing Agenda

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