Alzheimer’s Australia is a wonderful resource and support organisation, providing services and information to people affecting by all types of dementia. Their website www.fightdementia.org.au is well worth exploring. A few of their valuable programs and resources are detailed below:
Alzheimer’s Australia have a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program, which was established in 2013 to meet the unique needs of those aged under 65 and their families. There are 40 Key Workers across the country, whose role is to act as a primary point of contact for people with younger onset dementia, their families and carers. They can provide information, support, counselling advice and assist with identifying and engaging appropriate services as required. To make a referral to this program, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. For more information on the program, including eligibility criteria click here.
Alzheimer’s Australia’s have introduced a daily online news page: Dementia Daily which is a great way of keeping up to date with research and news.
From July 2013 the My Aged Care (www.myagedcare.gov.au) federal government website has been up and running, having replaced the Seniors and Aged Care Australia websites. My Aged Care has clear information on services, eligibility, assessment and specific information for carers. My Aged Care can also be accessed by telephone on 1800 200 422.
A new study by Prof Rob Herbert and his team is investigating muscle contracture in children with cerebral palsy. Contracture is a stiffening of muscles, even when the muscle is passive. It is not yet known whether contracture is a result of changes in the muscle, changes in the associated tendon, or a combination of both. Around 53 per cent […]