Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dementia in day

According to Alzheimer’s Australia there are more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia. The number is expected to increase by 1/3 to 400,000 in less than 10 years as our population ages (the likelihood of dementia increases as we age and live longer). Do you realise that dementia is the 3rd leading cause of death in Australia and that more than 50% of residents in federally subsidised aged care facilities have it as a diagnosis?

We need to be fully aware of the impact dementia has, as health professionals and aged care workers as well as us being people who are part of a community. Dementia is a terminal illness and the concepts of palliative approach should be included in care planning.

ppl_McInerneyFran small2    Fran McInerney is the Professor of Dementia Studies and Education at the University of Tasmania’s Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre. The EMRPCC is delighted to have her returning in February 2015 to deliver “Dementia in a day”. Her previous session in March 2014, saw 100 people in attendance. Fran is a passionate communicator with the practical wisdom and insight of a registered nurse with aged and palliative care experience.

Registrations for the February event will open on 20th January 2015