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September 2016

World Alzheimer’s Month – September 2016
September 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016 all-day
World Alzheimer's Month - September 2016
September is World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. It’s a time for action, a global movement united by its [...]
Let’s start the Conversation: End of Life Planning and Care in Dementia @ Western Sydney University Building
September 28, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 3:45 pm
Let’s start the Conversation: End of Life Planning and Care in Dementia @ Western Sydney University Building | Blacktown | New South Wales | Australia
A Forum for carers and health care professionals. When: Wednesday 28 September 2016 Where: Western Sydney University Building, Blacktown Hospital General Public & Carers: 9.30am [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd MEDICINES & DEMENTIA
    This fact sheet discusses the reasons for or causes of distress in people with dementia and suggests strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. This initiative is funded by the Alzheimer’s Australia National Quality…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd Trial helps doctors tell Lewy body dementia from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
    Knowing that many clinicians find it difficult to correctly diagnose patients with Lewy body dementia, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center set out to develop a clinical profile for these patients. Their…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd Care home dementia study finds failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing
    There has been no sustained reduction in the prescription of antipsychotics to UK dementia patients, despite government guidance, according to a report published in the medical journal BMJ Open. A study by five universities has…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd Oldest patients, those with dementia found less likely to return to pre-fracture
    Researchers of this observational study found patients who were older, had dementia or higher Charlson comorbidity scores were less likely to return to independence regarding activities of daily living after hip fracture. Researchers identified 733…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd Growth in senile dementia cases
    That the number of centenarians in Japan — at a record 65,692 as of this month, a figure released every year ahead of Respect for the Aged Day this week — has been and will…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd How NICOTINE could help to prevent obesity and dementia
    Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death the world over - linked to various cancers, heart disease and respiratory problems. But one if its key ingredients could play a vital role in helping…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 22nd World Alzheimer’s: misconceptions about dementia
    In a special one-hour presentation, 16x9 takes you inside the world of dementia on three continents. In the Netherlands, a village inhabited entirely by dementia patients. Then, a husband’s emotional decision to leave his wife…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 21st Tool could help when seniors wander
    A free online tool could help the families of dementia sufferers if those loved ones wander. The Missing Senior Network is being offered by Home Instead Senior Care. Available at, it’s a platform that…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 21st When the Environment Influences a Person with Dementia
    Some nights, when I have the chance to put my feet up after a long day, I watch T.V. with my kids. The dogs join us on the couch as well, and we all laugh…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 21st New Zealand must do better on dementia preparedness
    The latest World Alzheimer Report warns that countries like New Zealand are unprepared for a surge in dementia cases and need to take urgent action to deal with the issue. Released today, the Report says…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 21st Technology which monitors behaviour patterns set to revolutionise dementia care
    A £5m pioneering technology trial has been launched by the NHS in a bid to enable people with dementia to live well in their own homes for longer and prevent emergency hospital admissions. A two-year…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 21st Dementia healthcare must adapt to tackle global dementia crisis
    A new report from Alzheimer's Disease International, authored by researchers at King's College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 20th Wandering common among dementia sufferers
    Therapeutic reasoning can help convince someone they don't need to leave People with dementia wander from their homes are likely reliving an episode in their past and special care is needed to prevent tragedy, says…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 20th University of Western Sydney herbal remedy trial for vascular dementia
    A CLINICAL trial using herbal medicine to treat ­dementia and Alzheimer’s has entered its final phase. Researchers from the ­National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney have spent 10 years ­developing…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 20th An ordinary impairment is not a sure sign of dementia
    In the world of my work, there’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t hear someone refer to one of their “senior moments.” Just to be clear, these experiences are not only very…
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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