Cop­ing with rise in aged de­men­tia

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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.

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