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Have You finalised Your Courses for 2016?

Students: you will need to ensure that you have completed your courses and printed your certificates no later than December 15.

Facilitators: remember to run reports for your courses on or before December 15.

Summer Website Maintenance

During January the site will go into maintenance mode at various times, which will mean there will be no access available to members.

Please be aware there will be no support available from the Dementia Care Team from December 15 until January 9, 2017.

The website will officially reopen early February and courses will recommence February 27.

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April 2017

32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International @ Kyoto International Conference Centre
April 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am – April 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International @ Kyoto International Conference Centre | Kyoto | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan
Dementia: Together towards a new era The annual conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) continues to evolve and now attracts thousands of people with an [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Anne Moehead on Friday December 2nd HOT TOPIC - DECEMBER - Commit to Cognitive Care for 2017
    Hi All Can I encourage each of you to make a committment to improve Cognitive Care for 2017 Cognitive impairment including delirium or dementia are common among older people admitted to hospital but are frequently…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday December 1st Causal Link Between Vitamin D, Alzheimer's Risk
    While vitamin D levels in the US population have decreased, rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have increased, and accumulating evidence points to a link between the two.1 Research published in Neurology aimed to determine whether…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday December 1st Preparation can help make the holidays happier for dementia patients, families
    The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. But for families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Yet with some planning and adjusted expectations, celebrations can…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday December 1st Grant awarded for groundbreaking Christchurch dementia study
    A groundbreaking Christchurch study hopes to identify brain changes that could predict the onset of dementia. MRI expert Dr Tracy Melzer has been awarded a $500,000 Health Research Council grant to study the brains of…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday December 1st Drinking 3 cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of dementia
    Drinking three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of dementia, scientists claim. Moderate caffeine consumption is known to prevent the formation of toxic clumps in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease. But a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday December 1st Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia
    Study found seniors with mild cognitive impairment saw gains in thinking, memory skills after six months of workouts Aerobic exercise may strengthen memory and thinking skills in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 30th ADT Not Linked to Dementia in Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer
    For men with prostate cancer, use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) seems not to be associated with dementia, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Farzin Khosrow-Khavar, PhD, from McGill…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 30th Calcium Channel Blockers May Reduce the Risk of Dementia
    Calcium channel blockers represent an important protective factor against the risk of dementia. Therefore, hypertensive elderly patients can benefit by reducing their blood pressure as well as reducing the risk of dementia. Elderly people with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 30th Facing a ‘tidal wave’ of dementia, China is running out of time
    Thirty years from now, China’s elderly population will vastly outnumber its younger citizens. In a country where assisted-living homes are scarce, and dementia is not widely understood, asks Nathan VanderKlippe, will people pay the price…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 30th Dementia risk declines: Big news for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke
    Dementia has dropped dramatically in just a dozen years: from 11.6% of US adults over 65 in 2000 to 8.8% (and even a little lower, to 8.6%, among those over 85) in 2012. See Sharon…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 30th Author Kate Swaffer on living beyond dementia diagnosis
    Kate Swaffer is a poet, the author of two books, a sought-after public speaker and daily blogger for an audience of thousands around the world. Words are a big part of her life. But her…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 29th Dementia Rates Might Be Decreasing, And Scientists Have No Idea Why
    Despite growing rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases thought to increase the risk of dementia, America’s dementia rates are falling, according to a newly published national study of more than 21,000 diverse senior citizens.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 29th Carrots, kale and sweet potatoes could prevent dementia in older adults
    A diet high in carrots, kale and sweet potatoes could help older adults avoid dementia, according to new research. The compounds responsible for bright colours in vegetables can boost brain function in adults as they…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 29th Anti-dementia drugs: People taking memantine have highest risk of pneumonia
    Memantine has been singled out as the riskiest drug, in a study which looked at which anti-dementia drugs put people most of risk of getting pneumonia. The research by the University of Eastern Finland found…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 29th Doors of dementia patients’ houses re-created to make their rooms feel like home
    The former house doors of care-facility clients are being re-created to help them feel more at home and make it easier for them to find their rooms. True Doors, a Netherlands-based company, has created made-to-measure…
Dementia Care Competency Framework

The program incorporates the recently completed cross-setting, inter-disciplinary Dementia Care Competency Framework, developed by NSW Health, The University of Wollongong and Dementia Collaborative Research Centres. Ten Clinical Competencies and 40 Domains of Practice have been established to evaluate and inform dementia care professional development.

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