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Nov - Dec2022: Recognition, new Topics, feature Tip and the winner is…

As the year draws to the end, our Nov-Dec 2022 updates include:

  • Being honoured to be included as a key dementia resource for a number of Primary Health Networks, dementia support groups and dementia alliances. This month, we were kindly included added to “Open Minds”, Nillumbik’s Dementia-Friendly Alliance’s Dementia Pack for local professionals and residents.

  • A new Topic ”Hiding, hoarding or losing things with dementia” was added to provide suggestions and tips on how to manage another common daily challenges and changed behaviours

  • A new Section “Making the most of respite” was added under the Topic “Respite care for the carer”

  • A new series of Advanced Care Planning training added to the under the Topic “Future planning: legal matters”

Our Contributors Award winner goes to Andrew, who has won a $50 gift voucher for not only sharing 12 tips, constructive suggestions and feedback, but also writing and sharing a 6 page dementia journey with us, including useful knowledge and tips he has gathered. We thank him for his amazing support!


Note: Please refresh your browser to see the updates and click here to learn about the Contributor Award.


Recognised by Nillumbik’s Dementia-Friendly Alliance


Over the past couple of years, we have been very lucky to have been featured as a key dementia resource for a number of Primary Health Networks, dementia support groups and dementia alliances. Their dedication to improve dementia care in their local areas is an inspiration and motivation to us all.


This month, we were kindly included in “Open Minds”, Nillumbik’s Dementia-Friendly Alliance’s Dementia Pack for local professionals and residents. It is a comprehensive and succinct pack on what to do soon after a diagnosis. Keep up the great work to Sandra and the team there.


We will continue to improve both the PRO and CARER apps so we don’t let you down!


Content updates


New Topic "Hiding, hoarding or losing things with dementia"


Hoarding, hiding and losing items can be common and frustrating for families impacted by dementia. It can also cause safety and other concerns for people at home, from falls to missing overdue utility bills.


This can happen at any time and there are care strategies to help.


You can find this Topic in the "More Topics" tab (CARER app) or "All info" tab (the PRO app), or search for it with keywords such as "hoarding, "hiding" etc.


New Section “Making the most of respite"


Respite is one of the most important things for carers and the person living with dementia. We often find people either don’t know about it until it’s too late or don’t know how to make the most of it.


As a result, we have added a new Section called “Making the most of respite”, which includes carer stories, practical tips and suggestions. It is located under the Topic “Respite care for the carer”.


You can find this Topic in the "More Topics" tab (CARER app) or "All info" tab (the PRO app), or search for it with keywords such as "most of respite" etc.


Resource update for advanced care planning


Advanced care planning is a critical step in future planning for legal matters after a dementia diagnosis. It allows the person to discuss and set his/her preferences for future medical treatment.


We have added a new series of training from Advanced Care Australia, including how to start the conversation, dementia specific suggestions and how it impacts various professionals such as aged care, practitioners and more.


It is located in the Section “Advanced care planning: decisions about medical treatment” for your respective state, under the Topic “Future planning: legal matters”. You can find this Topic in the "All info" tab (the PRO app), or search for it with keywords such as "advanced care" etc.


In addition to the above, we have made over 50 other content updates, notably, updates to dementia friendly environment training from Dementia Training Australia, the NDIS review process and more.


Note: minor updates are not documented here, such as some wording changes, URL changes, reference updates etc.


And the winner is...


The winner of our 2-monthly Contributor Award is Andrew, who has won a $50 Coles gift voucher for not only sharing 12 tips, constructive suggestions and feedback, but also writing and sharing a 6 page dementia journey supporting his wife and the useful knowledge he has gained. We thank him for his amazing support!


We have thoroughly reviewed and learnt from Andrew’s journey. It's great to see our approach and topics align!


To learn more about this Award, please click here.



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