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Dementia

alternate text 48Are you worried about your memory or the memory of someone you care for?

 

Information and Support

  • Dementia Australia External Link is the peak body providing support and advocacy for those living with dementia.
  • The  Family & Carers External Linksection of their website provides practical information and support to family members and carers of people living with dementia, such as coping with behaviour changes, preparing your home, personal care, residential care and taking care of yourself.
  • Dementia PDF icon Help Sheets are available containing practical advice about issues facing families, carers, friends and are also useful for health professionals of people with dementia.
  • PDF icon The Dementia Information Booklet is a comprehensive information booklet from NSLHD Carer Support Service for Carers of a person who has a cognitive impairment / dementia.
  • PDF icon At Home with Dementia is an essential resource for carers of people with dementia designed to help locate resources and products to support people living with dementia to remain living at home for as long as possible. It presents a range of solutions to problems commonly faced by people with dementia who live at home and suggests ways of approaching and solving problems.
  • PDF icon Ad Hoc lunches for Carers - Are you a carer or friend of someone with dementia? Then come along and meet others in a similar position at a once a month Saturday luncheon in the grounds of Dementia Australia. Former and current carers are invited and you may bring the person you care for and / or other family members and friends. People with dementia from nursing homes and care centres are also invited. There are drinks and appetisers upon arrival, followed by a lovely home cooked main meal, dessert, then tea, coffee and slices - all in a comfortable, warm, home-like environment! Come along and meet others in a similar position who can offer you some great company and support. See the attached PDF iconflyer for more information or call Penny Martin on 0410 570 707.
  • Hornsby Council's Aged Care services External Linkhas a range of services to assist older people in their community including home care, meal deliveries, assistance with domestic services, shopping, and a range of other resources.
  • TED talks External Linkhave a wide range of talks on Alzheimer's, Dementia and much more.
  • PDF icon Communication and Care Cues (CCC) Information for Family & Carers  - People with dementia, intellectual disability, or other memory and thinking problems, often have difficulty coping in an unfamiliar environment like hospital and may find it hard to communicate their needs. As a carer, when you're coming into hospital, your knowledge of the patient, especially in regards to communication and behaviour, can help us provide better 'person-centered' care.  So when someone you care for comes into hospital, please ask about, and fill out the PDF icon CCC Form. Alternatively, you can complete this form now and have it ready for when you next come to hospital.

 

Physical *Comorbidities of Dementia Booklet

Does the person you care for have another condition or disease as well as dementia?

This useful PDF iconThe Physical Comorbidities of Dementia Handbook - Consumer Edition 2018 is for people living with dementia and their carers. It contains information about the most common physical comorbidities of dementia and practical recommendations for managing them.

*What is a co-morbidity? A comorbidity is a condition or disease that co-exists with another disease. 

 

Memory Problems Booklet 

This PDF iconMemory Problems Booklet is full of practical, useful information in a short, easy to read format for people with dementia and their carers.

If you would prefer a hardcopy of the booklet, they are available at any Northern Sydney Public HospitalExternal Link or, if you prefer, you can call us on 9462 9488 and we can arrange to send you a copy.

 

Dementia Australia YouTube videos

This series of 11 videos answers some of the most frequently asked questions about dementia by people discussing their real life experiences.

See it here: You're Not Alone - Discussing Dementia External Link

 

Living with Memory Loss Program

If you are living with early stage dementia or are a family carer for someone with dementia, you are welcome to join our early intervention program. This program will give you information and support through sharing your experiences with a small group of others in a similar situation. Please see the attached PDF icon flyer for more information.

 

Managing medicines when you're living with dementia 

Accurate medication management is important because mistakes can lead to health problems, hospitalisation and in extreme cases death. 

There is a new websiteExternal Linkfor people living with a dementia and their carers to help manage their medications. 

The website is not only in English, but also Italian and Macedonian – with plans to add other languages in the future. 

 

Do you have questions about dementia and driving?

This PDF icon booklet will help answer some of your questions.

 

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