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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network February 5, 2013
Welcome to 2013

Dear %%First Name%%

For some of us 2012 seemed to have gone by with a blink of an eye - maybe a sign of getting older? For others it may have trudged slowly by or have become the best year ever. Whatever your experience, we hope that 2013 brings the best of everything for you and your families.

All of us on the DementiaCare Team have been kept very busy visiting many areas of NSW training new facilitators or showcasing our site. We have been busy this month making improvements to the site and we will go into more detail of the changes in this newsletter.

For those that may have been affected by the recent storms and floods, we hope you are all okay. Thanks too to all the hard working staff and volunteers who assisted those in need during this time.

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss,
you will land amongst the stars
~ Les Brown

Upgrades to the site

Thanks for all your feedback. We have listened and acted. Changes to the site will be noticeable for facilitators with the aim being to make things easier for you. For students there will be minimal changes.


Future Facilitator Training

March 6, 2013 - Concord
March 7, 2013 - Gosford
Do you have a group interested in learning to become a facilitator? Can you organise the room, computers and internet access? Then contact us and we may be able to come to you for free!

Upcoming Courses
We have so many Acute and Community courses starting in February - Here are some of the areas they will be running in:
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Tweed Heads
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Sutherland
  • Central Coast
  • Port Macquarie
  • Orange
  • Broken Hill
  • Mount Druitt
  • POW
  • Southern NSW 
Featured Resources
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Kate Swaffer's Blog
Delirium in Older People
Kate Swaffer commenced her professional career as a nurse, specialising in dementia and aged care, and then operating theatres. She has also worked as a chef and as an executive in health care, retiring due to the diagnosis of a younger onset dementia when she was 49. This booklet is about delirium, a term used to describe changes to thinking and behaviour that occur over a very short time. The first section provides an overview of delirium, the current issues involved and descriptions of various presentations.
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Planning Ahead Tools
Looking Out for Dementia
This website contains information, tools and resources to make sure your wishes are known and you have a plan for the future. A suite of themed resources called “Looking out for Dementia” has been developed to inform Indigenous people living in remote communities of Northern Territory about dementia.
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Alzheimer's Australia 15th National Conference - May 14-17, 2013
aa-conference.pngThe theme for the 15th National Conference is The Tiles of Life, Colouring the Future. It is about making memories when the very thing that brings us together is memory loss.

In the lead up to the conference we are asking people living and working with dementia to contribute to the making of a memory – memories created on ceramic tiles, colourful, moving, personal reflections of what Alzheimer’s and dementia means to the artists.

In 2013 you will see the finished product; the meaning of Alzheimer’s to each and every person captured forever – an inspirational and lasting memory of the Hobart Alzheimer’s Conference.

Kathy De Souza submitted an extract last year and we are pleased to announce it has been accepted and she will present at the conference to showcase our site.  We hope you will be able to attend.   For more information:
Introducing some of our hardworking facilitators...
flackchambers-1.png Kathy De Souza and Jacqui Riding met up with two of our facilitators, Liz Flack and Barbara Chambers, at Brunswick Heads during January.

There is now a new section on our website introducing our facilitators. We will be sending out a short survey to all of our facilitators who wish to be included and we will be highlighting them in a regular section in our quarterly newsletters.
Central Coast Pilot Group
20121212_100907-2.jpg Chief Executive Matt Hanrahan, Central Coast LHD, with facilitators Jamie Gills and Wade Penn along with the successful pilot course participants. 

Congratulations everyone!

Want to highlight your group in our next newsletter?  Please send us your details along with a photo.
Calling all facilitators...
Have you lost your group? Only joking! We are in desperate need for trained facilitators as we have too many students waiting to start the course and no one to lead them through. Central Coast and Central West have a long waiting list of willing students eager to start.  Contact us and we may be able to buddy you up with other faciliators.

Past students - have you thought of taking up the facilitator role? It's rewarding and you will get to be part of helping others learn more about person centred care. Attend our free training day and you will be on your way. Contact us for more information.
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