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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

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Online survey helps measure your initial dementia care competency level

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Working with your mentor set a competency goal to work towards

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March – July 2019

11th World Congress on  Alzheimers Disease & Dementia: Innovative approaches to defeat Alzheimers Disease and Dementia @ TBA  | New South Wales | Australia
11th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia, will be organized around the theme “Innovative approaches to defeat Alzheimers Disease and Dementia” Alzheimers Congress 2019 is comprised [...]
The Red Conference @ Sails Resort
March 28, 2019 @ 8:15 am – March 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Red Conference @ Sails Resort | Port Macquarie | New South Wales | Australia
The RED Conference, A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care has been designed to provide a regional perspective on the work being done around practical [...]
2019 North Coast Aged Care Symposium: Recognising Risk, Rehabilitation and Reablement @ Ballina RSL
July 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am – July 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
2019 North Coast Aged Care Symposium: Recognising Risk, Rehabilitation and Reablement @ Ballina RSL | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
Registration: Opens February 2019 Cost: $160 Enquiries: (02) 6641 8309 (02) 6620 6290

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 24th Movement Important in Protection Against Dementia
    Older people who move around more – even if they are just doing housework – may protect themselves against the effects of dementia, research has shown. Scientists studied the donated brains of 454 deceased older…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 24th Dementia and religion: Do’s and don’ts
    When a congregant has dementia, what can a house of worship do? Though each person is different and advice varies depending on an individual’s condition, here are some basic do’s and don’ts from experts on…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 24th Subjective Cognitive Decline Could Help Predict Parkinson’s Dementia, Study Cont
    Subjective cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease could predict the development of dementia. As such, a suitable cognitive screening test could help provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis. The study with those findings, “Subjective cognitive decline…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 24th New study suggests vital exhaustion as risk factor for dementia
    A new study suggests that vital exhaustion - which can be perceived as an indicator of psychological distress - is a risk factor for future risk of dementia. Researchers from the Department of Public Health,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 23rd Dementia comes in different forms
    There are about 5.7 million people in the United States diagnosed with some form of dementia, and registered nurse Annette Tritico of Evangeline Home Health recently told members of the Sulphur Senior Center they will…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 23rd Experts say some consumers need extra monitoring after fainting
    For many consumers, fainting spells are common after spending hours in the heat or when they haven’t had enough water. Though fainting can be a bit nerve-wracking, it usually doesn’t cross consumers’ minds after the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 23rd Not getting enough sleep? Here's why it could be affecting your memory
    Researchers are discovering fascinating things about the links between sleep, how we remember things It's time for bed, and in addition to my cozy red pajamas decorated with hockey sticks, I'm wearing electrodes all over…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 22nd Leaky blood vessels may trigger Alzheimer's
    Dementia, the main type of which is Alzheimer's disease, affects about 50 million people worldwide. According to the Alzheimer's Association, over 5 million people in the US are living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 22nd Researchers Develop Technology to Predict Dementia Progress with Blood Test
    Local researchers have developed a technology to predict the progress of a type of dementia with a blood test, paving the way for early diagnosis, prevention and progress suppression of the disease. Read More:
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 22nd Dementia Affects Younger People Too
    A relatively new phenomenon in Asia, Young Onset Dementia (YOD) cases have been gradually increasing at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) in recent years. In 2018, the institute saw 180 new cases, an increase from…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 22nd First care robot linked to smart homes tested for dementia patients
    A care robot linked to smart homes could be used to help patient’s with dementia live independently in their own homes. The Robot Activity Support System (RAS) uses sensors embedded in a smart home to…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 21st Research pinpoints frailty as risk for Alzheimer's disease, dementia
    Researchers have discovered that frailty is a key risk factor for dementia. A study by Halifax's Dalhousie University and Chicago's Rush University found frailty aggravates the effects of plaques and tangles -- the jumbled strands…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 21st Extreme distress increases risk for dementia
    Men and women who are distressed in midlife could be at higher risk of developing dementia in their old age, suggests a new study. The study showed that vital exhaustion, which can be perceived as…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 21st 30 Years, Double the Rate: Worldwide Dementia Rates Rise
    Dementia is one of the most feared diagnoses because it gradually destroys quality of life while increasing the risk for mortality, but there is no known cure or disease-modifying treatment that can prevent these outcomes.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 17th Michigan universities testing new Alzheimer's drug
    Two Michigan universities will test a new drug designed to slow or stop the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in patients ages 50-85. The University of Michigan and Michigan State University are among more than 30…
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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