Dementia approach awarded Jaime Shurmer
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.