Category Archives: A Meeting Of The Minds Webinar

Watch our webinar “Cognition-oriented treatments for people with dementia” on YouTube

Available to watch now is the recording of the September Webinar, Cognition oriented treatments for people with dementia, by by Dr. Alex Bahar-Fuchs and Dr. Loren Mowszowski. It was one of four from our 2021 Dementia Awareness Month series of webinars focused on Rehabilitation for Dementia webinars.

“Cognition-oriented treatments for people with dementia”

This webinar was presented by Dr. Alex Bahar-Fuchs who is a clinical neuropsychologist and an NHMRC senior research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and Dr. Loren Mowszowski who is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the University of Sydney.

About this DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar

There are no known effective interventions to stop or reverse the progression of symptoms in people with dementia; however, many treatments are available to slow the process of decline, reduce the impact of cognitive and functional impairment, and improve the day-to-day experience, quality of life and confidence in people living with dementia.

In line with this, several high-quality Clinical Practice Guidelines for dementia rehabilitation around the world predominantly focus on recommendations targeting cognitive and mental functions, and a large body of evidence indicates that cognitively oriented treatments have shown promise in relation to cognitive outcomes. In this presentation, we will discuss the key features and evidence behind three main approaches to cognitively oriented treatments: cognitive training, cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive stimulation therapy.

The presentation included some practical examples of how the techniques underpinning some of these approaches can be used to support day-to-day activities. For health professionals, we propose key factors to consider when planning or implementing cognitively oriented treatments. Finally, the presenters proposed areas requiring future attention in research and clinical practice.

Webinar: How to Build a Network that supports your Organizational Goals

You are invited to register to attend the DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” November webinar, with Alex D. Tremble.

How to Build a Network that supports your Organizational Goals

Speaker:  Alex D. Tremble

Please note, the login details will be sent to you 2 HOURS before the event starts.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) – 3:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) – 7:30 am AEST
  • Reminder: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones – it is not being held twice. 

About the Webinar: This webinar is about how a strong network can mean the difference between being invisible and making a difference. Having a strong network can mean the difference between being offered your dream job and continuing to remain invisible when upward opportunities arise. So why don’t most people effectively leverage their network to advance in their careers? It’s because they believe that networking is too hard, not their style, not moral/ethical, or a host of other false beliefs. But, you don’t have to be like most people. During this workshop Alex D. Tremble will share his proven strategies to help you and other motivated leaders around the world:

  • Overcome your fear of networking,
  • Identify where and how to focus your networking efforts, and
  • Choose specific behaviors to implement that will lead you to enjoying a more influential network.

About our speaker:  Alex D. Tremble is an award-winning speaker, author, and leadership expert who has over 10 years of experience coaching and advising some of America’s most senior level government leaders. As the host of The Alex Tremble Show he also brings together successful executives from across the world to provide aspiring leaders with the strategies needed to gain influence and advance in their careers. Alex began his career managing three government-wide senior leadership development programs, and quickly went on to establish the Tremble Influence Academy, while publishing two bestselling books (“Reaching Senior Leadership” and “The GPS Guide to Success”) geared towards helping government leaders gain influence and attain career success.

Alex is a Leadership Center for Excellence 40 under 40 honoree and also serves as the Chief Culture Officer for America’s second largest national conservation corps, American Conservation Experience. Alex is passionate and committed to helping leaders reach their highest potential; personally, and professionally. Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from William Penn University and his Master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore. Please visit AlexTremble.com to gain the tools and strategies you need to reach your leadership and career goals.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 1:00 pm Pacific PDT
  • 2:00 pm Mountain, MDT
  • 3:00 pm Central, CDT
  • 4:00 pm Eastern, EDT
  • 9:00 pm UK, BST
  • 10:00 pm EU
  • 11:00 pm Johannesburg, SAST

Thursday, 25 November 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5:00 am Singapore SGT/Perth AWST
  • 7:00 am Brisbane, AEST
  • 7:30 am Adelaide, ACDT
  • 8:00 am, Sydney/Melbourne, AEDT
  • 10:00 am Auckland, NZDT

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

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

Support people with dementia: 

THANK YOU

10 Guiding Principles for movement training in degenerative neurological conditions

Get ready, get set, GO… Register now for the next DAI Webinar!

10 Guiding principles for movement training in degenerative neurological conditions

Speaker: Professor James McLoughlin, BAppSc(Physio),MSc(Clinical Neuroscience), PhD

Please note, the login details will be sent to you 2 HOURS before the event starts.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) – 4:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) – 8:00 am AEDT
  • Reminder: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones – it is not being held twice.

About the Webinar: Categorising the many active ingredients that can be included in a physical rehabilitation program remains a huge challenge for health professionals and researchers. The 10 guiding principles aim to provide a common language to help everyone – most of all the people engaged in rehabilitation! James will outline 10 important principles which should be considered when planning a rehabilitation program in those with degenerative neurological conditions.

About our speaker: James is director of Advanced Neuro Rehab in Adelaide South Australia where he works clinically as neurological physiotherapist. James is also part-time Associate Professor at Flinders University working as teaching specialist in Neurological Physiotherapy. James has an interest in movement recovery and rehabilitation with people with all neurological conditions, in addition to those with balance/dizziness.

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021

  • 2:00 pm Pacific PDT
  • 3:00 pm Mountain, MDT
  • 3:00 pm Mountain, MDT
  • 4:00 pm Central, CDT
  • 5:00 pm Eastern, EDT
  • 10:00 pm UK, BST
  • 11:00 pm Johannesburg, SAST

Thursday, 28 Oct 2021

  • 5:00 am Singapore SGT/Perth AWST
  • 7:00 am Brisbane, AEST
  • 7:30 am Adelaide, ACDT
  • 8:00 am, Sydney/Melbourne, AEDT
  • 10:00 am Auckland, NZDT

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

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

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

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 co-founded by new board member, Emily Tan Tan Ong from Singapore, and DAI co-founder, Kate Swaffer.
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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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:

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