Free program sheds light on dementia care

AN innovative program focusing on the many aspects of dementia care is raising awareness of the condition and its impacts on the local community.

Run by health professionals at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre, the free “Light Up Your Mind” program is designed to help those affected by dementia by providing essential information on how to care for someone with the condition and the support services available.

Light Up Your Mind co-facilitator Pru Peschar said the program was developed in response to a growing need for practical strategies for reducing dementia.

“With more than 20-years experience in the heath sector, I have found that when people are aware and knowledgeable about dementia and the services available to them, they have an improved quality of life and less carer stress,” she said.

“In addition to caring for people with dementia, the course will also focus on the teaching of memory strategies, as well as lifestyle changes which can reduce the risk of developing dementia.”

Experts from Alzheimer’s Australia (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Health Organisation’s Aged Care Services will also be participating in the course to provide up-to-date information about diagnosis and care.

Ms Peschar said fun and interactive activities, known as brain training, would be a key part of the course.

“Brain training has been proven to reduce the incidence and severity of dementia,” she said.

“Past responses to the course have all been very positive, with many people commenting on how much they enjoyed the group and how much more they now knew about dementia, its prevention and the services available.”

Light Up Your Mind will be run in four two-hour sessions, commencing on 29 May at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre, Bayfield Street, Rosny.

For more information or to book a place in the program, phone Pru or Jo on 6282 0328.

Caption: A free Light Up Your Mind program will be offered at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre to provide valuable information about dementia. Pictured, program co-facilitator Pru Peschar.