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New service in Kingaroy provides better care for dementia patients in rural towns

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A NEW memory café in south-east Queensland’s rural heartland, Kingaroy, aims to support people with dementia and those who care for them. Social isolation and a lack of services are the biggest barriers caring for rural people with dementia, according to a health care specialist. “Let’s be frank, there aren’t the services in rural areas, and there’s a stigma attached ... Read More »

New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

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AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters. But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires? A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster. Centacare’s dementia ... Read More »

Memory Café offers flexibility, respite for carers in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S first Memory Café runs to support people with dementia and those who care for them. “It’s a relaxing opportunity to share stories and hear solutions from other people, whilst enjoying refreshments,” Centacare’s Caroline Grogan, who co-ordinates a program for carers, said. Ms Grogan said something as simple as a chat over a cuppa, with a slice of cake, and ... Read More »

Dementia emergency across the nation

TEN years ago at 53, Robyn Weller was working hard and looking forward to a happy retirement with husband Bob, but she was forgetting things. “She’d go downtown to do the shopping, and I’d get a phone call. ‘I can’t find the car’,” Bob Weller, who used to run cattle on a farm outside Kingaroy, said. “I’d drive into town ... Read More »

Dementia patients are travelling the globe with virtual reality goggles

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TRIALS of 3D virtual reality goggles in Australian Catholic aged-care facilities are proving a big hit with dementia patients, stimulating their minds with globe-trotting adventures. Care consultants have hailed the benefits of VR technology to improve the quality of life of dementia sufferers, even offering an alternative to medication. “We’ve found that it’s triggered their ability to reminisce, to communicate ... Read More »

Aged care is being put on the backburner in Australia

ALMA was told by her daughter it would be a “nice” place.  But when Alma entered the aged-care facility, there was an overpowering stench of urine combined with toilet cleaner.   Alma’s room was tiny with no outlook, the curtains closed. It felt degrading.  She was collected and taken to a common lounge room where she sat all day with ... Read More »

Living with dementia: New Southport facility makes residences feel at home

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SPONSORED BY ST VINCENT’S CARE SERVICES WITH almost one in 10 Australians living with dementia and the number expected to rise as our ageing population grows, St Vincent’s Care Services is working hard to ensure its services cater for this important and growing group. The aged-care and retirement-living provider is due to welcome 40 additional residents to its Southport facility in August, ... Read More »

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