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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network April 24, 2014
Dementia Care Newsletter
Welcome 
Dear Jacqui

The year is powering along and we have started off with a bang. We had 20 new groups commence in February, so this has been keeping our facilitators very busy.  It's great seeing students who have completed courses and have already received their 2014 certificates.  We love reading their feedback.

Remember - any feedback on courses undertaken, items of interest, publications that you have found useful or problems that you may have encountered are most welcome.

Have you a story to tell, like to write poetry or perhaps photos of your group that could be featured in our newsletter and website? Then don't be shy, contact us as we would love to hear from you. 

Please forward your submissions directly to the DementiaCare support email Support.DementiaCare@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au. 

You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy
in living your whole life on the ground. 
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Facilitator Training
Next facilitator training days:

April 30 @ Sutherland
May 1 @ Sutherland
(limited places available)

Our waiting list continues to grow so if you haven't taken the plunge to become a facilitator look out for our training days.  If you have been trained in the past and haven't facilitated a group for a while - do you need a refresher? Well mark July 18 in your calendar as we are coming back to the University of NSW for another refresher day for our facilitators.

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Did you know?
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Hot Topic Instructional Videos
Don't forget our Dementia Care in Action forum. Everyone is able to access this forum.  You can access the forum via the discussion tab on the website.

A new Hot Topic will be posted by one of our Dementia Experts every month.  April's Hot Topic is: The Use of Telehealth in Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia  

You can also review archived topics by searching in the forum search field. Some past topics included: 
  • End of life care
  • Pain and the Confused Older Person
  • Importance of Sleep
  • Dementia, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disability 
Some activities (chats, reading material) within the course will require the student to mark off them off when complete. These activities will have a small box with solid lines around it to the right of the activity’s link.

Remember if you forget to mark the boxes off it will NOT stop you progressing through the course.

Not sure how to do this?  

Check out the written instructions contained in the online manual or better still watch the 30 second video to find out...

Link: How to mark off a chat 
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International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) FreeDem Living

The DementiaCare resource and Training team have collaborated with IPA to source and reference the IPA Complete Guide to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) which is based on the BPSD Educational Pack throughout our new online BPSD course. IPA has been very gracious in sharing this well referenced evidence based material.

Don't forget the wealth of information via our Resources tab. All information our courses have been based on can be found in our repository along with a plethora of other articles and links.  Did you see the new videos issued by Free Dem Videos? - http://freedemliving.com/ 
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Dementia Research News Home Instead Senior Care
Have you visited the new DCRC website? Since 2007, the DCRCs have commenced more than 200 projects – involving over 500 researchers and collaborators, and produced more than 1000 new contributions to dementia knowledge! That’s a lot of new information to put into practice … and a new website is one tool to help. Read the Autumn newsletter issue...
A free online course for carers and family members. This course will give you basic information about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. More importantly, you will gain valuable insight for providing better care for a loved one with these conditions. At the end of the course you will be equipped with several techniques to help improve both your and your loved one's quality of life. Each class can be completed within 5-15 minutes. No preregistration required. Provided by Home Instead Senior Care.  
 
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The Role of the Facilitator
Have you ever wondered what the facilitator of your course does? Is this their only job? When do they fit in what they do?

As rule facilitators of the DementiaCare courses are experts in the area of dementia. Their role is to organise training within their LHD. Once a group is up and running the facilitator is there to encourage, enable, help and assist participants to progress through the course smoothly and with ease. They are there to organise, implement and facilitate online chats. They are there to grade your input and contributions to forums posts, online chats and other activities throughout the course. 

Facilitators are not paid for what they do, they do it as part of their current role. Often they participate and contribute out of hours. If you wonder why facilitators would do this without financial reward  and even in their own time - the answer is simple - facilitators have one thing in common: they want to see the care provided to people with dementia and their carers improved. They want to share their passion and knowledge with those who are providing frontline care. They want to see knowledge transferred into practice.They want to make a difference in people's lives...one person at a time.

The DementiaCare team can come to a place near you to train facilitators. To run training we must have a minimum of 6 interested people, access to a room with computers that have internet access.

Do you fit into the above description? Do you want to share your passion and knowledge in dementia? Are you happy to do this as part of your role? If so email us at the support help desk for more information on training.
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Poems submitted from our students....
connie.png For nursing dementia, the answer is clear, the bathrooms,  they should be more near and the staff, need to be more clear. 
The specialty units should become more ubiquitous without older people having to grow more obsequious, thus their liberty maintain whilst their dignity remain!
For their eating, more staffing is needed & for diversion, more necklaces beaded, for the day is too long and the night needs some song to settle the diurnal confusion, which plagues  their persistent  illusion.  
Falling is so easy when the brain is so dizzy and the drugs distress the cerebrum to the point of delirium but while the poli's aren't listening the families are busying  supporting their loved ones in a world that is increasingly confusing!

by Connie Palacious




Grainne Funder wrote the following poem "Old Age".  Her inspiration was from one of the online chats....

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New course for 2014... almost here
atsi.png A new course will be available soon on our site.  Ian Johnston is busily tweaking a course specifically caring for Indigenous people with dementia.  A final review is being undertaken and then the course will be formatted for our DementiaCare site.  

Visit our site to keep informed of it's progress via the Dementia Care in Action forum. We envisage the course will be finalised in the next couple of months and then a pilot group will be required.  

If you are interested in taking part in the pilot group please email us via our support email Support.DementiaCare@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Acknowledgement: Traditional Bush Tucker Artwork was painted by Mrs Loraine Riley Oldham.  
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