De­men­tia ap­proach awarded Jaime Shurmer

Canning Times - - NEWS -

HI­LARY Lee’s in­no­va­tive work with de­men­tia pa­tients through De­men­tia Care In­ter­na­tional has earned her an ac­co­lade from the WA Lions Club.

The ex­em­plary ser­vice award was pre­sented to her at the Can­ning­ton Lions Club last week.

Her work has helped im­ple­ment a phi­los­o­phy known as ‘Spark of Life’ to in­crease the level of emo­tional care pa­tients re­ceive with the aim of re­vers­ing de­men­tia symp­toms.

The ap­proach is be­ing em­ployed in 11 coun­tries as a re­sult.

Ms Lee, now pres­i­dent of Spark of Life, said she used to be an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist work­ing with many aged care res­i­dents who were on med­i­ca­tion to keep them calm.

She went on a day course run by Spark of Life founder Jane Ver­ity and she and her col­leagues then im­ple­mented the con­cepts seven days a week.

She said they started to no­tice im­prove­ments in peo­ple with de­men­tia within a month in terms of be­hav­iours and lan­guage and this en­abled peo­ple to come off med­i­ca­tions.

The award was pre­sented to the Kala­munda res­i­dent by State Lions Club co-or­di­na­tor Sue Ren­ton, along with Can­ning City Lions Club pres­i­dent Chris Gwilym.

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