Monthly Archives: August 2018
Dementia Awareness Month is held each year in September. Its aim is to encourage all Australians to become more aware of dementia, to get a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and how we can support people living with dementia. Visit the website for further details on how you can participate.
A tool that uses facial recognition software to detect pain in the elderly and people with dementia is making its way across Australian residential aged care villages. Known as PainChek, its national rollout via Dementia Support Australia (DSA) is now underway for 150 consultants caring for up to 5000 people with dementia per annum. The pilot started in October 2017 in WA for DSA-referred clients from residential and community aged care providers with behavioural problems. Results showed significant association between pain and clients’ behaviours. PainChek chief executive Philip Daffas said the device helped residents immensely by giving a voice to those who found it difficult to communicate.