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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi

As I speak out about improving the services for, and care of people in aged care, and people living with dementia, I am constantly scratching my head wondering why we haven’t got it right yet. My father in law died last week, and the last 18 months his life he had been slowly deteriorating physically, and the last six months since moving into high care within a residential a facility, his ‘life’ left a lot to be desired. He regularly told us he wanted to kill himself, and how much he hated living there. Mostly he was left alone. The staff members there definitely cared, but considering the under-staffing on each shift and their incredible workloads, perhaps they just didn’t have the time to do more than the basic…

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MOBILE SOCIAL WORK

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While most of us use our iPads for browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, or playing Words With Friends, others actually put Apple’s popular tablet to good use. Cambridge Cognition, a U.K.-based company that delivers the world’s leading cognitive tests, has developed an app called CANTABmobile which helps doctors detect dementia in its earliest stages, when treatment is most beneficial.

CANTABmobile provides an easy to use memory test that assesses a patient’s short-term memory using a series of challenges, such as remembering a series of symbols. It takes less then ten minutes, and once the process is complete, the app delivers instant results with suggestions on how doctors should proceed with their diagnosis.

It’s that early detection that’s so important, because it allows doctors to begin treatment straight away, and means patients are more likely to be able to continue working and living…

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The idea of society being dementia friendly, in the same way it accommodates others with disabilities, for example the sight impaired or people in wheelchairs, is something to aspire to. In a report Creating Dementia Friendly Physical & Social Environments: A new resource for residential & respite care facilities funded by the Victorian government it says a dementia friendly environment is one that is …a cohesive system of support that recognises the experiences of the person with dementia and best provides assistance for the person to remain engaged in everyday life in a meaningful way. This and hundreds of other articles and reports talk the talk of person centred care, and of quality care that encompasses the person as a whole human being, but from what I see it does not equate to the real experience of those of us living with dementia, not in the residential setting or in the…

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