TODAY, September 21, is World Alzheimer’s Day.
And, Calvary Muswellbrook recognised the event with a special morning tea for residents, families and their carers.
World Alzheimer’s Day is part of Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness Month which aims to encourage Australians to learn more about dementia and the impact it has on people living with dementia and their carers and families.
Calvary Muswellbrook manager Bradley Roberts said this year’s theme – You are not alone – was extremely important at the site.
“We often take time out to sit with our residents and get to know them,” he said.
“We also support our families and encourage them to visit.
“Calvary Muswellbrook is the home of many residents living with dementia and we want to make sure that each of them feels comfortable, supported and safe.
“The residents enjoyed gathering with their families and it was a good chance for our community to learn more about dementia.”
While there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset by leading a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and socially.
“We usually start the day off with some light activities to get the blood pumping. We then move into trivia or brain games to get our minds active,” leisure and lifestyle officer Kathy Camilleri said.
“It’s important for our residents to have both a healthy mind and body.
“We often do memory games like music memory or photos where residents will need to recognise the famous person.
“We do have a few family members that regularly participate which our residents enjoy.”
Dementia Awareness Month is also about supporting staff as carers of residents living with dementia.
In 2017, there is estimated to be 196,490 carers in the community caring for people with dementia, and 94,670 carers working in the aged care sector.
“We often have forums and training to assist staff in meeting the needs of those living with dementia and their families,” Mr Roberts said.
“It’s important to recognise the impact of dementia on carers as well.”