Kiama wins WHO Award

To make a change from my blogs of remembrance, I thought I’d focus on the Kiama Dementia Friendly Community Pilot Project in my attempt to post daily blogs for #WAM2016 #DAM2016. Yes, I know yesterday one did not arrive, but I accidentally posted two on Sunday! To say Kiama has ‘done it again Sam!’ is…

UOW Media Release: First Dementia Enabling University

See the Media  Release below from the University of Wollongong,  by Elise Pitt. I am thrilled to be a part of this innovative and exciting project.  Equipping students with the skills needed to manage dementia  “Pilot project to help the next generation of professionals tackle the growing issue of dementia in Australia.    A pilot project…

Walking as an intervention for Wandering!

The following is part of an assignment I completed for the University of Wollongong Masters of Science in Dementia Care degree I graduated in last year, and highlights how allowing residents in aged care to walk regularly, can positively impact their life, as well as reduce what others see as ‘challenging behaviours’! Specifically, we were…

Engaging people with dementia

I often ponder on the various activities and forms of ‘behaviour management’ or recreation offered to people with dementia in the community, and then in residential care homes. Why not go skydiving, dancing or fishing instead of playing Bingo…  I’d be happy to spend it on that! I suspect it is likely the reason activities such…

My experience with Bristol Who’s Who

Recently I had an interesting chat with a man phoning from New York City, working for Bristol Who’s Who. I contacted the organisation via a notice about them on LinkedIn, simply to be listed as a University of Wollongong Alumni member. That was all. Maybe I’m a bit dumb, as I had not heard of them!!! Well, it’s not happening, as…

It’s been a huge 2014

  May the year you are leaving behind today have been kind to you, and I hope you can remember the highlights more than the sadnesses. Wishing for a fantastic 2015 ahead and I hope all your very best dreams come true. 2014 has been a huge year, with many ups and downs. Life is…