Representatives of ACC recently attended the Active Ageing Conference. This one-day event and series of workshops enabled us to hear the latest evidence on wellness, reablement and restorative care. The day equipped community care providers with innovative strategies to meet their new requirements and offered many resources to support the implementation.
Hosted by Australian Ageing Agenda and Community Care Review, the conference brought together thoughts leaders, academics, researchers and community care providers to discuss their experiences and share the lessons learned.
During the afternoon session speaker Trudy Neal, Project Coordinator at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, provided an overview of the pilot project led by Alzheimer’s Victoria, which was underpinned by the Montessori approach to activities for people with dementia.
“Engaging in activities that are purposeful and meaningful helps us to feel good about ourselves. It supports our well-being,” Ms Neal says. “This doesn’t change when a person is diagnosed with dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Australia National Ambassador Ita Buttrose says that “Australia should become the first dementia friendly nation, where people with dementia feel understood, engaged, included and valued”.
“We all have a role to play in helping people with dementia sustain their independence and dignity and sense of purpose in our community,” Ms Buttrose says “by making small changes we can make a big difference.”
The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home & Community Care Program (HACC) funded the pilot project led by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. The free education resource is part of the pilot project and is named Purposeful activities for dementia. This resource complements other professional development resources about engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The video has been provided for anyone interested in providing people with dementia a range of interesting, encouraging and enriching activities: aged care staff, family carers, activity support workers, personal care attendants in residential and community settings, and people with dementia who want a resource to advocate for purposeful activities.
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is a society committed to the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with dementia. For more information about Alzheimer’s Australia Vic please click here.