Category Archives: A Meeting Of The Minds Webinar

Watch the webinar – “Rehabilitation to maintain physical function”

We are pleased to share the video recording of a recent #DAI presentation, “Rehabilitation to maintain physical function”, presented by Associate Professor Michele Callisaya and Dr Morag Taylor, the first in a series of four webinars focused on Rehabilitation for Dementia, as part of our 2021 Dementia Awareness Month activities.

Rehabilitation for all people with dementia is a basic human right, and in this series, DAI is highlighting why.

Along with thinking and memory, physical function is often compromised in people with dementia. Physical functions include balance, strength and the ability to walk well. Good physical function is important for maintaining everyday activities, whereas poor physical function increases the risk of falls. This presentation outlined the common physical disabilities found in people living with dementia, how thinking and memory influence the ability to walk safely, as well as evidence for treatments to maintain or improve physical function and prevent falls.

It is not too late to register for Webinar 3, being held in two days: Cognition-oriented treatments for people with dementia, presented by Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs and Dr Loren Mowszowski.

Then, next week you can also register for our final webinar in this series, a Panel Session: The Importance of Rehabilitation for all People with Dementia, with panellists includng Professor Lee-Fay Low, PhD, Dr Alexandra Rauche, WHO, Mrs. Emily Ong, Ms. Lynette Rogers and Ms. Kate Swaffer, MSc.

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Newsflash: Environmental Design Special interest Group

Announcing the DAI Environment and Dementia Special Interest Group (ED-SiG)

As announced in our e-Newsletter earlier this week, the DAI Board of Directors has just endorsed a new group, the Environment and Dementia Special Interest Group (ED-SiG), an initiative set up by new board member, Emily Tan Tan Ong from Singapore.
It is an important initiative that DAI believes will increase opportunities for global collaboration and cooperation on a critical issue effecting people with dementia and our families.
The aim of this group is to create action following the award-winning ADI  2020 World Alzheimer’s Report, and the subsequent Design Manifesto which was initiated by the lead authors of the WAR Report, Professor Richard Fleming, Kirsty Bennett and John Zeisel.

Ps. Don’t forget  to sign up for our next Webinar,  From Rhetoric to Reality: Designing well for people living with dementia being presented by the authors and ADI’s Acting CEO, Chris Lynch. 

Purpose and role of the ED-SiG: The broad purpose of this group is to provide expert advice on and input into working towards the importance of, and more importantly, moving from the rhetoric of dementia-enabling design to the implementation of environmental design. This group proposes it is with a particular focus on dementia-enabling design in the community. Environment is more than just the built environment; it includes all the surrounding things that have a direct impact on our lives.

We believe there is a need to look into all aspects of environment including:

  1. Natural environment – how can we incorporate the natural surroundings to provide the peace and tranquility to the quality of life of those living with dementia who need the calmness from the nature as a healing therapy
  2. Built environment – how can buildings and infrastructures be designed in a manner that is accessible and usable by everyone including people with disability
  3. Rehabilitative environment – how can the environment minimise impairments impact, activity limitation and participation restrictions
  4. Communal living environment – how an environment can be intentionally created to reflect the shared values of a community
  5. Sustainable environment – how an environment is designed to promote and support a more sustainable lifestyle like Grow Your Foods, the 3Rs, No Food Wastage

Aims of the EDG-SiG:  The group is an initiative of DAI member Emily Tan Tan Ong, and was formally established in 2021, and approved by the board of Dementia Alliance International.

After years of costly and time consuming reports, multiple costly research projects, and many community initiatives such as the Dementia Friendly Communities, that none of these or other initiatives appear to have made little if any impact on improving inclusion and  access, or quality of life, the time is now for action.

This group is therefore committed to advocate for action; to move away from rhetoric, to tangible change that really makes a difference.

Members currently include:

  1. Mrs Emily Ong, Singapore (Lead)
  2. Ms Kate Swaffer, Australia
  3. Emeritus Professor Richard Fleming, Australia
  4. Professor Habib Chaudhury, Canada
  5. Mrs Christine Thelker, Canada
  6. Dr Tetsuro Ishihara, Japan
  7. Associate Professor Carol Ma, Singapore
  8. Associate Professor Shamira Perera, Singapore
  9. Professor Satoko Hotta, Japan
  10. Professor Satochi Ishii, Japan
  11. Tomofuni Tanno, Japan
  12. Dr Jan Golembiewski, Australia

If you would like to join this initiative, please contact us at [email protected] with a brief introduction about yourself, and your reasons for wanting to join.

Watch now – Disrupted! Resiliently Reintegrating After Stress & Adversity

DAI’s “Meeting Of The Minds” April Webinar, Disrupted! Resiliently Reintegrating After Stress & Adversity, by Dr. Kozhi Sidney Makai is available to watch now! The feedback we received during the session was extremely positive, and Kozhi’s presentation topped up the “resilience, gratitude and optimism tanks” for those who attended!

  • “He’s fabulous! I could listen to him all day”
  • “So grateful for this, so important for all to hear.”
  • “Loving how he affirms what DAI and us are doing well. Love how narrativews help reduce our stressors.”
  • “Happy to join …  My takeaway: Be positive. Stay positive. Keep moving forward. Try look for a positive every day, even though some days we have to try harder.”
  • “I am loving this session. One of the best sessions yet – well done DAI”
  • “I so needed to hear all of this today!  Thank you Kozhi for sharing your gift.”
  • “Off to buy on axe now “

 

About this presentation: Dr Makai shared how stress has become ubiquitous in our vocabulary. We’re stressed about work, school, our children, our finances, and, yes, we’re stressed about stress. What if you could transform your stress into power? And your anxiety into opportunity? Disrupted! walks you through the psychological, emotional, and physical opportunities that lie dormant within stress; and gives you the tools to trigger the release of tremendous personal power. Dr. Makai expertly wove scientific research with real-life stories to show you how to not just go through stress and adversity, but to grow through it.

About Dr Kozhi Makai: Kozhi Makai Worldwide, an idea studio focused on using behavioral science to help others thrive — especially in the workplace. Dr. Makai passionately lives out his purpose as a performance psychologist to organizations and as a Special Duty Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences from Walden University and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from CalSouthern University.

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It is through donations that we can continue to provide free membership and services for members, and free webinars for you.

Maximising Mental Health while Living with Dementia – Webinar by Monica Cations

You are invited to register for the next “Meeting Of The Minds” free webinar, hosted by Dementia Alliance International.

Maximising Mental Health while Living with Dementia

Presenter: Dr. Monica Cations, BPsych (Hons), PhD, MRFF/NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, Flinders University.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones – it is not being held twice.

About the Webinar: Many people with dementia and their supporters experience psychological illbeing and illness, including depression and anxiety. This webinar will discuss evidence-based strategies for both people with dementia and their supporters to maximise their psychological health and wellbeing. It will also provide advice and strategies for health care professionals about how to identify and meet the psychological needs of the people with dementia and supporters they are working with.

About Dr. Monica Cations: Monica is a researcher and provisional psychologist who has worked with people with dementia for over a decade. She works in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University supported by overlapping Fellowships from the Hospital Research Foundation and the Medical Research Future Fund. Her research and practice aims to promote the mental wellbeing of people with dementia and people using aged care.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 2:00 pm Pacific
  • 3:00 pm Mountain
  • 4:00 pm Central
  • 5:00 pm Eastern
  • 10:00 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 11:00 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, May 27, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 5:00 am Perth, AU/Asia
  • 6:30 am Adelaide, AU
  • 7:00 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 9:00 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Members: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • General public: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND OUR MEMBERS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 300.00 covers 3 months of website management fees

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

Watch now! Living with Dementia: Supporting Those Who Have It & Care Partners

The DAI February “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, Living with Dementia: Supporting Those Who Have It & Care Partners, by Laurie White provided us with real life (anonymous) experiences of people with dementia, family care partners and professionals working in the medical and social service arenas. Laurie helped participants to:

  1. Understand what it feels like to have dementia
  2. Connect with a person with dementia through effective communication strategies in the early, middle, and late stages, and
  3. Explore how building on old strengths and interests can bring meaning to people in all stages of dementia.

Read an excellent review written by DAI Vice Chair Bobby Redman here.

About DAI: Dementia Alliance International (DAI is a non-profit group of people with dementia from around the world seeking to represent, support, and educate others living with the disease that it is possible to live more positively than advised with dementia. It is an organization that promotes a unified voice of strength, advocacy and support in the fight for individual autonomy, improved quality of life, and for the human and legal rights of all with dementia and their families.

Donating or partnering with DAI will make a difference to the lives of people with dementia

Membership of, and services provided by Dementia Alliance International is FREE, and open to anyone with a diagnosis of any type of dementia.  Anyone with a diagnosis of dementia can join DAI here

Read our newsletters or regular blogs, by subscribing.

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DAI celebrates 7 years, by John Sandblom

John Sandblom, USA

In this video, co founding member John Sandblom who lives in Iowa shares his impressions as a co founding member, as DAI celebrates the first 7 years of its life as a registered charity, providing support and advocacy for the 50 million people estimated to be living with a diagnosis of any type of dementia.

Dementia Alliance International (DAI is a non-profit group of people with dementia from around the world seeking to represent, support, and educate others living with the disease that it is possible to live more positively than advised with dementia. It is an organization that promotes a unified voice of strength, advocacy and support in the fight for individual autonomy, improved quality of life, and for the human and legal rights of all with dementia and their families.

Donating or partnering with us will make a difference to the lives of people with dementia: https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/donate-or-partner/

Membership of, and services provided by Dementia Alliance International is FREE, and open to anyone with a diagnosis of any type of dementia.

Join DAI here: www.joindai.org

Read our newsletters or regular blogs, by subscribing here: www.dementiaallianceinternational.org

Webinar: LGBTI people Kindness and Dementia by Dr Catherine Barrett

Please join us for the next DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, titled LGBTI people, Kindness and Dementia, presented by Dr Catherin Barrett. Dr Catherine Barrett is the Founder and Director of Celebrate Ageing – a not for profit organisation challenging ageism and building respect for older people, and we are extremely honoured and excited to have her join our list of eminent speakers.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

About the Webinar: This presentation will begin by outlining the work of the Celebrate Ageing program, including the Museum of Love – which explores the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia. Then it will outline the key challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people face when they are diagnosed with dementia – in particular the lack of knowledge and compassion from families and service providers. The presentation will conclude by exploring how the stories of people living with dementia have been embraced by the Kindness Pandemic (a project set up under the Celebrate Ageing umbrella with over ½ million members) and how kindness is changing the way some people live.

About Catherine Barrett: Dr Catherine Barrett is the Founder and Director of Celebrate Ageing – a not for profit organisation challenging ageism and building respect for older people. Catherine has held positions as a nurse in residential aged care and an Academic at University – and draws on these experiences to build evidence-based approaches to engaging the community and service providers in real cultural change. Catherine is passionate about promoting recognition of the human experience of living with dementia.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 1:00 pm Pacific
  • 3:00 pm Mountain
  • 4:00 pm Central
  • 5:00 pm Eastern
  • 9:00 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 10:00 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, March 25, 2021 ( AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 5:00 am Perth, AU/Asia
  • 7:00 am Brisbane, AU
  • 7:30 am Adelaide, AU
  • 8:00 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 10:00 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

COST TO ATTEND: 

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Memers: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • General public: FREE

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT US IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

PLEASE DONATE TO DAI OR BECOME AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER. WITHOUT THEM, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

 

Webinar: Living with Dementia – Supporting Those Who Have It & Care Partners

You are invited to join us for our next “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, Living with Dementia: Supporting Those Who Have It & Care Partners, presetned by Laurie White, who has a Masters of Social Work, MSW, and has been a Dementia Specialist for 35 years.

Living with Dementia: Supporting Those Who Have It & Care Partners

Presented by: Laurie White, Master of Social Work (MSW) and Dementia Specialist for 35 years

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

About the Webinar: Using real life (anonymous) experiences of people with dementia, family care partners and professionals working in the medical and social service arenas, Laurie will help participants:

  • Understand what it feels like to have dementia
  • Connect with a person with dementia through effective communication strategies in the early, middle, and late stages
  • Explore how building on old strengths and interests can bring meaning to people in all stages of dementia

About Laurie White: After Laurie received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan 35 years ago, she dedicated her career to helping people with dementia, their care partner(s) and health care professionals. Laurie developed one of the first early stage groups in the country for people with dementia and facilitated these groups for 20 years. She has presented at conferences nationwide to help care partners understand and cope with the common challenges, changes and choices during the course of dementia. She co-authored Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia and Moving a Relative & Other Transitions in Dementia Care. (Dementiacarebooks.com) Laurie lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 1:00 pm Pacific
  • 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 3:00 pm Central
  • 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 9:00 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 10:00 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, November 26, 2020 ( AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 5:00 am Perth, AU/Taipei/Singapore
  • 7:00 am Brisbane, AU
  • 7:30 am Adelaide, AU
  • 8:00 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 10:00 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

Register here…

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Memers: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • General public: FREE

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT US IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

Supporting DAI directly supports people with dementia:

We look forwawrd to seeing you soon.

THANK YOU!

DAI Webinar: Delirium: cause for concern?

You are invited to register now for DAI’s November “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar:

Title: Delirium: Cause for Concern?

Presented by: Dr. Shibley Rahman, QS PhD MRCP (UK) LLM MBA, Special advisor in disability, NHS Practitioner Health


  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 (AU/NZ/Asia)
  • Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones.

About the Webinar: Delirium is a common phenomenon in individuals with pre-existing dementia. It is now thought even possibly to accelerate cognitive decline. Known for its abrupt effect on individuals, as a sudden change in personality and behaviour, with marked cognitive change in attention, it is distressing to watch as a carer, and distressing to experience as a patient. It is important to identify, however, as it is a significant common medical emergency. It is important to be cognisant about its existence in all care settings, including domiciliary and residential care. This seminar will consider what delirium is, how and why it should be identified, what are its consequences, as well as considering contemporary aspects of care and research. It will also consider its wider significance in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register here…

 

About Dr. Shibley Rahman: Dr Shibley Rahman is a carer for a mother with dementia. He is also an experienced academic in geriatric long-term conditions, especially dementia, delirium and frailty. He graduated from Cambridge in 2001 with a first, where he also did his Ph.D. in dementia, with ground-breaking research on the diagnosis of behavioural variant frontotemporal, dementia. He is also a trained academic lawyer, from London, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He currently works improving the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce, as a special advisor in disability.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 12:30 pm Pacific
  • 1:30 pm Mountain
  • 2:30 pm Central
  • 3:30 pm Eastern
  • 8:30 pm London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 9:30 pm Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU

Thursday, November 26, 2020 ( AU/NZ/ASIA):

  • 4:30 am Perth, AU/Taipei/Singapore
  • 6:30 am Brisbane, AU
  • 7:00 am Adelaide, AU
  • 7:30 am Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania/Brisbane, AU
  • 9:30 am Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Check your time if not listed above with this link.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of DAI Memers: FREE
  • Healthcare professionals: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • General public: FREE

Register here…

YOUR DONATIONS SUPPORT US IN MANY WAYS:

  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 200.00 covers the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

PLEASE DONATE TO DAI OR BECOME AN ASSOCIATE OR PARTNER. WITHOUT OUR SUPPORT, DAI COULD NOT PROVIDE THE FREE SERVICES WE PROVIDE CURRENTLY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

Human rights as a practice model in residential aged care, by Daniella Greenwood

DAI’s September Webinar on “Human rights as a practice model in residential aged care“, is presented by International dementia consultant Daniella Greenwood, who has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1), a Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure & Health/Therapeutic Recreation) and a Diploma of Diversional Therapy.

DAI is honoured to have had Daniella present on this very important topic to our audience.

About the webinar: Paternalism structures the lives of people living with dementia in residential/long-term care and diminishes their status as equal citizens. Person-centred and relationship-centred approaches have failed to address the deeply embedded philosophical and operational influence of the medical/institutional model and paternalistic assumptions. People living with dementia in these institutions continue to be treated as patients rather than as adult citizens, exposing them to regular, unchallenged and often casual breaches of their human rights justified as ‘best interests’ or as ‘interventions’ to manage what are commonly referred to as the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.

The focus on ‘culture change’ has further obscured our urgent obligation to address the blatant and often state-sanctioned human rights breaches in residential/long-term care – which in any other care context would be regarded as profoundly unjust and, in many instances, illegal. A human rights lens is applied with practical examples outlining the possibility of creating an environment of recognition and true respect in long-term care through solidarity in aligning operations, attitudes, practices and processes with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

About Daniella Greenwood: Daniella an international consultant, speaker and published author specialising in human rights policy and practice in long-term care. Her dissertation looked at human rights practice as it relates to citizen residents living in the later stages of dementia. She has presented her work to federal parliamentarians and as a keynote speaker including for Alzheimer’s Disease International in 2015 and Dementia Action Alliance in 2019. Daniella is also a musician who has composed and performed music to accompany some of Kate Swaffer’s poetry.

About DAI: Dementia Alliance International (DAI is a non-profit group of people with dementia from around the world seeking to represent, support, and educate others living with the disease that it is possible to live more positively than advised with dementia. It is an organization that promotes a unified voice of strength, advocacy and support in the fight for individual autonomy, improved quality of life, and for the human and legal rights of all with dementia and their families.

Membership of, and services provided by Dementia Alliance International is FREE, and open to anyone with a diagnosis of any type of dementia.

Join DAI here: www.joindai.org Read our newsletters or regular blogs, by subscribing here: www.dementiaallianceinternational.org

Since you’re here… we’re asking viewers like you to support our members, by donating to our organization. With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavirus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world, our work has never been more important. Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.

Donating or partnering with us will make a difference to the lives of people with dementia.

Thank you.