Coping with rise in aged dementia
IT IS estimated that more than 42,800 Australians have dementia. And based on projections by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, that number is expected to grow to almost 900,000 by 2050.
World Alzheimer’s Day is on Thursday, when Alzheimer’s organisations around the world raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Coinciding with World Alzheimer’s Day, South Australian-based aged care provider, Life Care, will also celebrate two years of a global partnership with Scotland’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).
Life Care CEO, Allen Candy, said Alzheimer’s disease was the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
“We are working with DSDC to ensure best practice in service delivery and professional development, complemented by purpose built environments reflective of what international research has shown to be most accommodating for people living with dementia,” he said.
He said 80 per cent of Life Care clients had some form of memory decline.
He said 700 staff members have attended dementia training, which was now being rolled out to its 250 volunteers.
Mr Candy said as a way of seeing dementia as part of everyday life, Life Care would host a high tea event on Thursday for friends and family at their Reynella and Aldinga facilities, where people living with dementia will take tea and coffee orders.
This concept originated in Japan where the “Cafe of Order Mistakes” saw people living with dementia serving other patrons. MORE INFORMATION AT LIFECARE.ORG.AU
BREAD LINE: Queues at the Continental Bakery on Grote St in the city as South Australians try to get their hands on loaves of bread in 1974.