Churches of Christ in Queensland supports Dementia Action Week 2019

This Dementia Action Week, from 16-22 September, Churches of Christ in Queensland is raising awareness about dementia and what it is like for someone living with it.

Many of our services, staff and volunteers are involved in events marking Dementia Action Week. 

This includes the Brisbane North Community Care team, who will be holding an information stand at ‘Walk With Me’. This community event, organised by the Moreton Bay Dementia Alliance, will see people walking together to symbolise its aim to create a dementia-friendly Moreton Bay. In addition to the 3km walk, there will be an expo of local support services, including Churches of Christ Care, businesses, live music and guest speakers. 

Respite service Keepsakes Cottage in Southport will be holding a special morning tea for its carers group. At the morning tea, carers and staff will have the opportunity to discuss this year’s theme for Dementia Action Week: ‘Dementia doesn’t discriminate’. 

Keepsakes Cottage has been offering people living with dementia a ‘home away from home’ for more than 10 years, with weekend and weekday respite. It also offers carers regular opportunities to connect with people in the community who can provide emotional support and share their experiences.

We are also celebrating our new partnership with Leading Aged Services Australia in the Virtual Dementia TourTM. This educational tool allows people to experience first-hand what it is like to live with dementia by means of sensory stimulation. It assists to raise awareness and educate aged care staff to be more empathetic and compassionate when engaging with and delivering care to people living with dementia. Read more about VDTTM.

In another positive step towards creating dementia-friendly communities, Churches of Christ in Queensland recently licensed PainChek® monitoring technology that will roll out across our aged care services including residents living with dementia. The PainChek® App helps our carers identify the presence and severity of residents’ pain when their pain isn’t obvious. This information allows our carers to provide more effective pain management, improving the quality of life for our residents. 

Dementia Action Week is an annual event designed to unite individuals, workplaces and communities to improve the lives of people living with dementia. According to Dementia Australia, in 2019 there is an estimated 447,115 Australians living with dementia, and this number is projected to rise in future. It is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of death among women in Australia.

Posted September 16, 2019 in News