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Australian Ageing Agenda's regular dementia section
is guest edited by Colm Cunningham, Director of
HammondCare's Dementia Centre. For further information,
The challenges of living well with dementia mean
connecting locally and globally is an ideal way to
learn from each other about how to make a positive
difference to the experience of living with dementia.
Focusing on awareness and enabling and anticipating
the needs of people living with dementia is the aim of a local
collaboration, the Salford Dementia Action Alliance, in the United
Kingdom. These principles are shared by a local dementia action
alliance and the dementia design group at the University of Salford.
This is an example of how coming together at a local level,
people with dementia, carers, care providers, charities, service
providers and educational and political organisations can develop
creative ways of supporting people with dementia to live with
meaning and purpose.
GLOBAL TO LOCAL
The G8 summit to be hosted by David Cameron, Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom in December this year, aims to raise the
level of international co-ordination in approaches to dementia
research and support.
However, many organisations worldwide are already collaborating;
sharing knowledge and experience. Four examples are;
Two online support groups for people living with dementia, 'A
meeting of the Minds' and 'Mindset', based in the US and Canada
run by two individuals, one who has dementia.
An EU-funded Masters in dementia, Positive about Dementia
(POSADEM), being developed by six European universities. This
program is being developed in consultation with people who have
dementia, their carers, care providers and charities, with the
knowledge to be translated into culturally-appropriate practice.
The HammondCare International Dementia Conference
in Sydney in June 2014 is an example of the shared desire
of professionals and practitioners across the world to come
together, connect, learn from each other and then transform
global examples of best practice into locally significant support
for people living with dementia.
The therapeutic garden tool adapted by the Dementia Enabling
Environment Project (DEEP) which involves Alzheimer's Western
Australia and several Australian dementia design experts, is being
used to inform two evaluation projects in the UK. These projects
are part of the UK Department of Health dementia-friendly
hospitals and care home environments program.
Many collaborations which aim to make a difference to people
living with dementia are focused on valuing the humanity of
people living with dementia and those who support and care for
them. Individuals across the world have the support that they
should receive for their humanity enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. For people living with dementia
this requires awareness of dementia by others in their community
and society; places and spaces that enable the ongoing involvement
of people with dementia in their local community, and society and
services and organisations that anticipate the future needs of people
living with dementia.
The International Dementia Design Network (www.
The global community needs
to develop more co-ordinated
ways of sharing knowledge
and expertise for the benefit of
people living with dementia and
their societies, writes Natalie
international-dementia-design.org) supports international
collaboration in dementia design. n
Natalie Yates-Bolton is a lecturer in the School of Nursing,
Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Salford.
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