Webinars – Dementia: Rehabilitation Matters!

You are invited to register for two important webinars being hosted by Sydney University, Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low and Professor Kate Laver on why rehabilitation for people with dementia matters, to launch their new book, Dementia Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations.

Webinar 1 : Rights, communication, comorbidities.

Webinar 2: Work, exercise, play

About the book: Rehabilitation helps individuals maintain and optimize independence. Historically, people with dementia have received little rehabilitation and the focus has been on care to replace lost function. Dementia Rehabilitation is a resource for health and social professionals, service planners, policy makers, and academics. The book makes a compelling case for rehabilitation for people with dementia, including the views of people with dementia and the research evidence. For each area of function, the research evidence and relevant theory is summarized, followed by practical information on clinical assessment, and delivery of therapies.

Key Features

  • Identifies rehabilitation as a human right for people with dementia.
  • Reviews functions affected by dementia, including cognition, communication, and physical function.
  • Outlines evidence-based strategies to maintain function and to delay decline.
  • Describes how to maintain activities of daily living and leisure activities.
  • Includes techniques to maintain self-identity and mood.
  • Recognizes the importance of environment and care partners in supporting rehabilitation.
  • Summarizes models of care for rehabilitation.

Invitation to two Free webinars:

Please join us to celebrate the release of our book, Dementia Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Interventions and Clinical Recommendations. Hear from experts on up-to-date evidence and clinical application for rehabilitation for people with dementia. They will cover human rights, communication, psychological wellbeing, physical co-morbidities, daily living, physical function, driving, employment and models of rehabilitation. 10thand 17th November 2020, 8pm Sydney 9am London. Download the flyer here…

Webinar 1: Register here.

Webinar 2: Register here.

Enquiries: tanya.duckworth@sydney.edu .au

8 thoughts on “Webinars – Dementia: Rehabilitation Matters!

  1. Thank you Kate! I have registered for both seminars. I am simply an interested Canadian that has never heard of this approach to Dementia. I have studied Alzheimer’s since my Mum’s diagnosis in 2015. Perhaps more from a caregiver’s perspective. She lived with us for her last 3 years. We enjoyed life together but definitely not from this perspective. I’m surprised that I have not heard about this approach from provincial Alzheimer’s associations in both Ontario and British Columbia, where I live now. My Mum died with Alzheimer’s last July (2019). Mum has just turned 84 years.?Her mother died with Early Onset at 68 years. Her dad with Alzheimer’s at 79 years. They both lived in Scotland.

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    • Glad you can join them Debi. I’m not surprised you’ve not heard of rehab for dementia though, as in spite of good evidence for it, it’s rarely ever offered! Hopefully we can change that xx

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      • INDEED!! I live in Sidney on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CANADA. I have many friends and associates across Canada and the United States, from living many places: West Island Montreal QC, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, Halifax NS; a Commerce degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick; decades in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario; Snowbird Life for 9 years: Wasaga Beach ON and Anna Maria Island, Florida; and moving to Vancouver Island 3 years ago (for my Mum to live with my husband & I). It’s been an interesting life and I’m only 59 years young! My Mum & Dad are both from Scotland (Aberdeen and Dundee respectively). They met in Scotland and married in the British Colony of Malaya (at that time; now the country of Malaysia). My brother, sister & I were born there also. Ultimately the family returned to Scotland, then we came to Canada for a better life.

        If you have any suggestions on how I may help this “change”, I am most interested. I am a strong personality and some people don’t like me, ha! I watched the two-hour presentation introducing Dr. Berensen (I think; I don’t have my notes handy) and others leading this charge in Australia, that was posted somewhere on your blog. I think it was from 2017. I AM FLABBERGASTED that there is HOPE. I do not think most people know that, certainly not in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada; nor anywhere else I have ever been. Yes, with my Mum’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2015, the Geriatric Doctor’s recommendation was “if you want to take any trips, you’ll want to do it sooner than later”. Mum & I travelled to my cousin’s home in Newtownards, Northern Ireland in 2017 to celebrate Mum’s 82nd birthday with family”. We also flew from Belfast to Aberdeen, and back, for my Mum’s “last hoorah”; visit with all the remaining family members. IT WAS A FANTASTIC TRIP FOR MUM, AND FOR ME! If I had known that we could have searched out this “Berensen Protocol” that might have saved my Mum from “her miserable walk to death” (even though we created many many moments of Joy during those years) and ultimately 10 months without me by her side, cuddling her always, cause she felt safe with me, I would have climbed mountains, or WHATEVER was necessary. I DID NOT KNOW AND THAT IS NOT FAIR FOR MY MUM, FOR ME and for millions of other people suffering today and living without HOPE. My heart bleeds for all of us.

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      • Thanks Debra, and I’m sorry that mainstream dementia ‘care’ is still so sceptical! I’ll contact you by email if you’d like me to, re getting involved with advocacy in Canada? Hugs x

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      • Yes I would Kate. I have a childhood best friend in her 3rd year with Early Onset. She’ll turn 59 on October 26. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario. I spoke with her and her husband today and forwarded your information as well as specific posts to your blog. Also a link to Dr. Bederson’s (sp?) new book. I couldn’t find that presentation in Australia in 2017.
        Thank you❣️Thank you❣️ Thank you❣️

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