Free Community Seminars on Dementia

PrintDuring 2015 there are a number of free community seminars offered by Alzheimer’s Australia which may help you understand dementia better and/or implement simple changes which can make a big difference to a person with dementia?

Note: the seminars posted here are for Victoria, if you are interested in finding out more about Community Seminars for other Australian states, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Australia office.

How dementia-friendly is your home?

Join us to examine some simple and practical design solutions that you can implement in your own home to create a dementia-friendly environment. Learn how elements such as lighting, sound and colour can be effectively used to create a calm and enabling environment. The implementation of which, may make a significant difference to the quality of life and wellbeing for a person living with dementia.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

Where? Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Road, Caulfield VIC 3162

When? Wednesday, 15 April 2015

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Registration and refreshment,

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Seminar,

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Question time

Speaker: Terri Preece, Assistant Course Developer, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://caulfield.eventarc.com/26264

Advances in the early diagnosis of dementia: challenges and opportunities.

The diagnosis of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease is now much more precise. Whilst our knowledge of the dementias and their subtypes has evolved, we can now use developments including brain imaging and neuropsychological testing to “rule in” these specific diagnoses rather than ‘rule out’ other conditions. In a specialist centre or through a specialist in the diagnosis of cognitive disorders, a precise diagnosis can be made in the vast majority of cases.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and anyone with memory concerns.

Where? Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

When? Tuesday, 19 May 2015

5:20pm – 5:40pm       Registration and refreshment

5:40pm – 6:40pm       Seminar

6:40pm – 7:10pm       Question time

Speaker: Associate Professor Michael Woodward, Director – Aged Care, Austin Health

Book online: https://melbourne.eventarc.com/26266

Dementia – Breaking down the Myths

Join us to find out what dementia is and what it is not. This seminar will explain, in simple terms, what dementia is including main causes, especially Alzheimer’s disease, key signs and symptoms and risk factors. It will also explain why changes to behaviour occur. Common myths and misconceptions about dementia will be addressed as well as concerns you might have. In addition, the seminar will explain the importance of seeking a diagnosis if noticing changes and how you can access further information as well as appropriate support and services if and when needed.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

Where? Warracknabeal Community Centre, Anzac Park, Scott St, Warracknabeal VIC 3393

When? Tuesday, 16 June 2015

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Registration and refreshment,

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Seminar,

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Question time

Speaker: Garrie O’Toole, Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://warracknabeal.eventarc.com/26268

Your Brain Matters

How adopting a healthier lifestyle approach will improve your brain health and may reduce your risk of developing dementia.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

Where? Quantin Binnah Community Centre, 61 Thames Boulevard, Werribee VIC 3030, Australia

When? Tuesday, 4 August 2015

19:30 – 19:45   Registration and refreshment

19:45 – 20:45   Seminar

20:45 – 21:15   Question time

Speaker: Andrew Italia, Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://werribee.eventarc.com/29119

Bookings close: Tuesday, 28 July 2015

 Your Brain Matters

How adopting a healthier lifestyle approach will improve your brain health and may reduce your risk of developing dementia.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and anyone with memory concerns.

Where? Balla Ball Community Centre, Building 03, Casey Indoor Leisure Complex, 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East VIC 3977

When? Thursday, 8 October 2015

10:00 – 10:15   Registration and refreshment

10:15 – 11:15   Seminar

11:15 – 11:45   Question time

Speaker: Emma Dabb, Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://cranbourne.eventarc.com/29120

Bookings close: Thursday, 1 October 2015

Worried About Your Memory

Join us to find out:

how memory works, common memory changes that occur with ageing, health factors that can impact on memory function and when memory difficulties need to be investigated. This session will also provide tips on how to improve your memory.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

Where? The Wodonga Cube, 118 Hovell Street, Wodonga VIC 3690, Australia

When? Wednesday, 21 October 2015

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Registration and refreshment,

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Seminar,

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Question time

Speaker: Laurel Gourlay, Community Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://wodonga.eventarc.com/29444

Bookings close: Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Dementia – Breaking down the Myths

Join us to find out what dementia is and what it is not. This seminar will explain, in simple terms, what dementia is including main causes, especially Alzheimer’s disease, key signs and symptoms and risk factors. It will also explain why changes to behaviour occur. Common myths and misconceptions about dementia will be addressed as well as concerns you might have. In addition, the seminar will explain the importance of seeking a diagnosis if noticing changes and how you can access further information as well as appropriate support and services if and when needed.

This seminar is suitable for the general community which may also include health professionals, family carers and people with dementia.

Where? Neerim District Cricket Club, 17 Neerim East Road, Neerim South VIC 3831

When? Wednesday, 2 December 2015

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Registration and refreshment,

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Seminar,

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Question time

Speaker: Michelle Foster, Facilitator, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Book online: https://neerimsouth.eventarc.com/29507

Bookings close: Wednesday, 25 November 2015

 

Upcoming Melbourne forum: Technology and Dementia: A Game Changer

As part of Alzhtech and dem a game changer_webeimer’s Australia Vic’s Leadership in quality dementia support series on Tuesday 2 September we have a unique event on offer, Technology and Dementia: A Game Changer.

Increasing rates of dementia, a declining workforce, rising costs of care and the shift to consumer directed care all provide challenges to service providers.

This forum will explore both local and international examples of the diverse ways technology can complement and enhance the services supporting people living with the dementia including:
• Use of ipads
• Use of apps
• Use of robots
• Use of gaming in an educative and therapeutic context
• Digitally augmented environments in residential aged care
• Use of art and design programs
• Bringing about a Montessori culture change

Dr Adam GazzaleyLeading this unique program of speakers is International Keynote Speaker Dr Adam Gazzaley MD PhD Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, University of California, San Francisco. Having developed one of the worlds first unique gaming programs that enhances cognitive function, he will talk to bridging the gap between technology and neuroscience.

Speakers include:

Dr Adam Gazzaley MD PhD

James Bonner & Norman Wang Directors, Opaque Multimedia

Mandy Salomon, Senior Researcher, Smart Services CR

Efterpi Soropos, Founder and Director, Human Rooms™

Professor Wendy Moyle, Director, Centre for Health Practice, Innovation, Griffith University

Dr Darragh O’Brien, Principal, Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC)

VENUE

Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne.

TIME

9.00am Registration, Event 9.30am – 4.30pm

COST

$195 pp | member: $186pp

CNE Points

5.5

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
To register and for further information go to https://leadership14.eventarc.com/22278
email vic.education@alzheimers.org.au | call 03 9816 5708

You can find a link to the flyer for this forum here: AAVic Leadership forum_Sept2014_Special Offer.

Learning more about dementia: March to June 2014

PrintAlzheimer’s Australia Vic has a great set of seminars and public information sessions coming up in Metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas of Victoria. Generally, the sessions are open to anyone who is interested, if they are thought to be of interest to a particular audience, this is mentioned on the webpage.

Come along and hang out with us! Learn! You’ll love it.

Free Seminars

Your Brain Matters. 20 March 2014

Find out how adopting a healthier lifestyle approach will improve your brain health and may reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Suitable for: General community, health professionals, students, family carers and people living with dementia.

Where? Horsham

How do I register? Bookings essential. To book online – Click here, or phone 03 9816 5708, or
email vic.education@alzheimers.org.au

Is it Dementia or just old age? Getting an assessment and diagnosis. 3 April 2014 (Eltham) or 19 June 2014 (Springvale)

Are you or your loved one worried about memory changes or a decline in cognitive function? Is it dementia? Join us and learn where you can get an assessment, what’s involved and how you can encourage a person to have a diagnosis.

As some people age, they may become concerned that the changes they are experiencing to their memory or to other cognitive functions, such as decision making or daily living skills, may be the beginnings of dementia.
It is important to have these changes examined so that they can either be treated, or the person can access appropriate support and services that will assist in planning for their future.

Suitable for: The general community, health professionals, students, family and friends caring for a person living with dementia.

Where? Eltham and Springvale

How do I register? Bookings essential. Book online 3 April 2014 (Eltham), or 19 June 2014 (Springvale)  or phone 03 9816 5708, or  email vic.education@alzheimers.org.au

Worried about your memory? 10 April 2014 (Hawthorn), 6 May 2014 (Moama) and 28 May 2014 (Parkville)

Join us to find out how memory works, common memory changes that occur with ageing, health factors that can impact on memory function and when memory difficulties need to be investigated. This session will also provide tips on how to improve your memory.

Suitable for: General community, health professionals, students, family carers or anyone with memory concerns.

Where? Hawthorn, Moama, Parkville

How do I register? Bookings essential. To book online – 10 April 2014 (Hawthorn), 6 May 2014 (Moama)or 28 May 2014 (Parkville) phone 03 9816 5708, or email vic.education@alzheimers.org.au

Dementia and Driving Community Information Sessions

Community information sessions on dementia and driving for family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia will be presented in nine locations across Victoria between March 2014 and March 2015. People with a diagnosis of dementia who are driving or have recently stopped driving may also be interested to attend.

Topics include: recognising driving warning signs; responding to changes in driving ability; legal and licensing requirements for drivers; starting conversations about driving; working with health professionals; what to do when safety is an immediate concern, and how to stay mobile, active and connected.

Upcoming session dates:

Further sessions will be delivered in Dandenong, Bendigo, Shepparton, Traralgon and Werribee.

Sessions will be interactive and provide opportunities for questions and discussion. Refreshments will also be provided.

For more information about a session near you, or to make a booking, phone (03) 9815 7822.

Other Seminars

NEW Virtual Dementia Experience. 10 April 2014, 8 May 2014, 3 June 2014 (Parkville)

By popular demand, additional sessions have been added! Join us to experience this cutting-edge technology in the new state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre. 

Through a custom designed, motion-sensitive kinetic wall, immerse yourself into a virtual experience that will allow you to ‘explore’ a particular environment through the eyes of a person living with dementia. Technology programming that manipulates sight, sound and touch will be used throughout the experience to simulate typical environmental elements that are friendly or adverse to a person with dementia.

This NEW experience will assist professional carers to consider beneficial changes in the acute, aged or community care workplace that can improve delivery of person-centred care. Read more>>

Suitable for: Direct care workers, care managers, care coordinators and case managers both in residential and community care settings.

Where? Parkville

How do I register? Bookings essential. To book online – 10 April 2014,   8 May 20143 June 2014

Cost: $110/$100 Member

Download flyer for Virtual dementia experience 

Dementia, pain recognition, assessment and management. 30 April 2014 (Parkville)

This program focuses on the pain sensation, including the impact of psychosocial experience and cultural beliefs. Using a holistic approach, you will better understand the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures to better manage a person living with dementia.

Suitable for: People working in aged care, community care or disability providing support for people living with dementia.

Where?Parkville

How do I register? Book online- 30 Apr 2014

Cost: $160/ $150 Member

Lewy body disease. March 26 2014 (Parkville)

Develop an understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies and its implications for the person with this type of dementia and their carers.

Where? Parkville

How do I register? Book online- 26 Mar 2014

Cost: $160 (members discount applies)

Leadership tools to support person-centred practice change. Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Transferring the theory of person-centred care into everyday practice requires effective leadership. This workshop explores a range of strategies that will help participants develop teams that support positive dementia practice, creating a culture of care.

Suitable for: People working in aged care, community care or disability providing support for people with dementia.

Where? Parkville

How do I register? Book online- 30 Apr 2014 (Parkville)

Cost: $240/ $225Member

More dementia training courses

This webpage includes a full list of training courses until June 2014.

Accredited training courses

Dementia Care Essentials
National competency-based accredited training

CHCAC416A – Facilitate support responsive to the specific nature of dementia, March/April 2014

This 3-day workshop builds on the existing knowledge gained from the Dementia Care Essentials program CHCAC319A. Participants will actively participate in workshops and apply the fundamental principles and processes necessary to develop a holistic and enabling Support Plan and environment for a person living with dementia. A great opportunity to challenge current ways, innovate and apply creative strategy using a strengths-based approach to dementia practice.

NB. Undertaking the Dementia Care Essentials CHCAC319A prior to this course is highly recommended.

Suitable for: only those working in Commonwealth funded aged care.

Download course overview.

A $300 backfill contribution is available for organisations in regional locations: download flyer here

Where? Colac, Horsham, Parkville, Werribee

How do I register? Book online