Support For Families Caring For People With Dementia

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Thursday, 7 September 2017
Portland District Health will help families caring for people with dementia to better cope with their arduous task with an information session this month.

Presented by facilitator Liz Keating from Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, the free session will be on Monday September 18 from 6pm-7.30pm at Portland District Health.

It will provide information and facts about dementia and advice on how to engage with people with dementia and how to have a good visit with those suffering the disease.

There will be practical strategies for support and an opportunity for people to share their experiences.

PDH is also hosting an education training session for staff as part of its commitment to providing quality services to the community.

The aim of this session is for staff to gain knowledge of dementia and its implications on practice. Participants will also learn about specific approaches and strategies to support a person who is living with dementia and their families

The sessions have been subsidised by the Australian Government and will also outline ways that families and carers can access the services and support of Alzheimer’s Australia.

PDH workforce development and resource facilitator, Robyn Nuske, said the free public session would be very beneficial to family and friends of people living with dementia.

It can be quite stressful for family members caring for someone with dementia, she said.

“This will help them to understand what this usually involves and how to cope with it.”

People wishing to attend the public session can contact Ms Nuske on 55 210627 or rnuske.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au.

The session is limited to 25 people.

Dementia is recognised as a national health priority.


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