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Feb - Mar 23 updates: new Topics, updates and the winner is…

We have lots of updates for the first quarter of 2023 including:


  • A new Topic, "Speech Loss and Dementia" was added to assist with communication in dementia, including speech loss, reverting back to a person’s mother-tongue, and more.

  • A new Topic, "Hearing Loss and Dementia" was added to help manage hearing loss, including its unique relationship with dementia and more.

  • A new Topic, "Vision and Sight Loss with Dementia" was added to provide suggestions for managing declining vision, including aids, technology, and tools.

  • Two new Sections on social support and community engagement were added under the Topic, "Healthy Living and Aging for the Person” and Looking at the carer’s health and well-being”.


Our Contributors Award winner goes to Ian, who has won a $50 gift voucher for contributing to over 20 tips, constructive suggestions and feedback! We thank him for his amazing support!


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Content updates


New Topic "Speech loss and dementia"

Communication can already be challenging with dementia, and if the person loses the ability to speak, it can be even more difficult. It can lead to frustration for everyone, trigger daily challenges or changed behaviors, worsen quality of life and more.


There are care strategies to help, including non-verbal strategies, working with a speech pathologist, reverting back to the person's mother tongue and more.


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 "speech", "aphasia", etc.


New Topic "Hearing loss and dementia"

Our hearing decreases as we age, but did you know that hearing loss can increase the chance of developing dementia? As you can imagine, this can cause annoyance, trigger daily challenges or changed behaviors, worsen quality of life, and more.


There are care strategies to help, including communication strategies, getting help from an audiologist or local hearing services, and more.


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 "hearing" etc.


New Topic "Vision and sight loss and dementia"

Vision loss can seriously impact anyone's life, let alone someone living with dementia. It can cause confusion for the person, trigger daily challenges or changed behaviors, worsen quality of life and more.


There are care strategies to help, including coping strategies, getting help from vision loss services and optometrists, a link to hallucination and the environment, and more.


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 "vision", "sight" etc.


New Sections on social support and community engagement


Finding a dementia-specific social support group is essential for the person's social connection and community engagement, and the carer's respite. We have curated a list of starting points for you to find a suitable one in your local area, including online, in person, early stage and later stages of dementia.


This new section is called "Social support and groups for the person" and is located under the Topic "Healthy living and aging for the person."


We have also curated a similar section for the carer called "Remain social and connected to others on the carer journey" under the Topic "Looking after the carer's health and well-being."


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 "social", "community" etc.


Other updates


In addition to the above, we have made over 100 other content updates, notably:

  • New dementia specific activity packs included (search for “activity packs”)

  • ACT Enduring Power of Attorney update

  • TAS taxi subsidy scheme update

  • 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 Ian, who has won a $50 gift voucher for contributing to over 20 tips, constructive suggestions and feedback! We thank him for his amazing support!


To learn more about this Award, please click here.


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