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Give The Gift Of Music To People Living With Dementia

Support the Tune into Life expansion

In 2016 we piloted an innovative music program called Tune into Life to help people with dementia reconnect with deep memories and their loved ones. 

The clients who took part in the pilot were happier and enjoyed better relationships with our staff, as well as their loved ones, through listening to music together.    

Now, we want to expand the program to all our care centres in Perth and have created the Tune into Life iPod Drive to support the program’s expansion. 

We need your help. 

Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia

There are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia, and over 200 people are diagnosed with the disease every day. It’s expected that this number will at least double by 2056 without a significant medical breakthrough.

Despite the prevalence of dementia in our community, there is still a mystery surrounding it and misunderstanding about what dementia is, how it is diagnosed and treated. Here, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about dementia.

Dementia Care on 6PR

Dementia Care on 6PR

Louise Jones, Amana Living’s dementia care specialist, and Greg Massam, General Manager of Marketing & Commercial Services, appeared on the Afternoons with Simon Beaumont show on 6PR this week. This was the second interview as part of the Navigating Aged Care with Amana Living series and focussed on dementia care.

Strong bonds form between pre-schoolers and people living with dementia

A partnership between a respite centre for people living with dementia and children from a Nedlands Early Childhood Centre has seen strong bonds form.

Four-year-olds from the Unicare Early Childhood Centre have spent every Tuesday morning with older people at Amana Living’s Club Catherine King in Osborne Park for the last three months. They’ve taken part in singing, drawing, story-time, bingo, crafts and even watched the Melbourne Cup together.   

The art of dementia

Enriching the lives of people living with dementia is a vital part of what we do. At Kinross Care Centre, a recent project has transformed the living environment.

The project began with the creation of an Enrichment Team, who were tasked with looking for ways to improve the residents’ living environment. The team decided to differentiate the centre’s three permanent care houses with feature walls and new names: Kookaburra House, Beach House and Frangipani House. They then put out a call for a volunteer to paint a themed mural on each feature wall.

Virtual support for people living with dementia

In a national first, Amana Living has launched eConnect, a virtual support service for people living with dementia. Peter Mildenhall (General Manager Corporate Assets) explains how it works.

Amana Living has partnered with Telstra Health to use its MyCareManager eHealth platform to deliver the new service, Amana Living eConnect.

Video conferencing and telemonitoring allow more one-to-one support for our clients and their carers, whether that’s counselling, helping them to access services or managing their health.

Volunteer artist paints murals for dementia residents

Artist Jane Dacruz is creating murals for residents at Kinross Care Centre to enjoy.

The project was prompted by the renaming of three of the centre’s four houses as Kookaburra House, Beach House and Frangipani House.

The centre’s enrichment team put out a call for a volunteer to paint themed murals on feature walls in each house, and Jane saw this as a chance to give back to the community.

Youngsters and elders get together

When people living with dementia interact with youngsters, both generations benefit. Amana Living is seeing this happen in a variety of settings, including the recently introduced McCusker Advocates Program.

A number of studies demonstrate the positive results of intergenerational programs for people with dementia and children. But studies aside, common sense tells us that getting residents and clients together with young people is likely to be a positive experience.

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