Learn how to prepare and create supportive environments using the WISER Approach with Montessori principles
Dementia affects approximately 10% of Australians over the age of 65 years, but people in the 40s, 50s and early 60s can also be diagnosed with dementia. For many people living with dementia communication becomes difficult and being able to express themselves can become frustrating, l often leading to withdrawal and isolation. Strategies for helping people living with dementia enjoy life, enjoy the company of other and express themselves are important and the use of drumming is one such activity.
Drumming has many therapeutic, social and emotional benefits.
Specifically designed to improve the daily lives of people with dementia or special needs and their caregivers, this workshop uses an evidence-based, relationship centred, practical approach to skilled touch with compassionate presence as a therapeutic intervention.
This breakout session includes the following two topics: Port Macquarie Four Seasons in one Dementia Day program and What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
This presentation involves a creative arts workshop aimed at promoting a sense of wellbeing and connection for people with dementia and their carers. Participants will be introduced to the concept of drawing as a vehicle of self-expression and a way to find voice through a non-verbal medium.
“Art helped settle me down. Yes, I forget people's names, but when I'm doing art I am suddenly in a different environment. It is all calm and I can think. The stress just dies away.”–– Artful participant
This breakout sessions includes the following three topics: Let's Advance the conversation so that we don't miss any of the jigsaw pieces; Same same but different - are we meeting their needs? and The Changing Landscape
This breakout session includes the following two topics: Caring about Dementia and Positive Communities.
This program, implemented by Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) in conjunction with Wauchope Primary School (WPS), focuses on recollection and story-telling through intergenerational interaction and collaborative art making.
The program ran over ten weeks, with two groups of children visiting the residents five weeks each. Students were paired with appropriate residents and were first encouraged to talk, share stories and form bonds. From the story-telling and memories shared, students and residents had the inspiration to plan and create images which represented those memories.
This workshop “String Art” is designed to excite the imagination through the therapeutic effect of mark making and laying down paint without pressure or judgement.
It’s a process Yvonne has developed over years of encouraging older people , care staff and family members, many of who insist they are “not creative” to be open minded to a bit of fun and have a go. It’s sort of like Art Yoga!! It helps the brain to relax and be in the moment while making Zen like movement.
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