UNDERSTANDING NATURE: Carramar Care and Administration director Ann Bourke and Lifestyle Program coordinator Kathryn McKewin take some time out of their day to learn more about their residents and their needs. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post
UNDERSTANDING NATURE: Carramar Care and Administration director Ann Bourke and Lifestyle Program coordinator Kathryn McKewin take some time out of their day to learn more about their residents and their needs. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post Linden Morris

Information sessions to focus on dementia

EACH week 1700 new cases of dementia are diagnosed and that means more aged care staff and more family members are taking on the role of carer.

In a bid to help equip local health professionals and family carers about how best to navigate the often daunting reality of dementia, Carramar is hosting two specially designed information sessions.

Care and Administration director Ann Bourke said the Spark of Life presentations were unique education sessions designed to educate, inspire, nurture and heal relationships broken through dementia.

"It is also about letting people, especially family carers, know that they are not alone and that there are support services available to them," she said.

Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Australia and Spark of Life Jane Verity will present both seminars.

Lifestyle Program coordinator Kathryn McKewin said people came from all around the world to train under the family and occupational therapist.

"In my experience, it's the subtle things, and how to best communicate with, and understand dementia patients, that I found most helpful," she said.

The seminars were made possible by a $7700 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Staff: Monday, September 23 from 9.30am-3.30pm, cost $30, includes morning tea and lunch. RSVP by September 18.

Family: Tuesday, September 24 from 9am-12.30pm, free, includes morning tea. RSVP bySeptember 19.

Both will be held at the Anglican Church Hall, Corundum St.

RSVP to Kathryn McKewin on 4681 6888.

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