World Alzheimer’s Day

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and this year the theme of, ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s’ highlights the importance of support for people living with dementia, and their families, following a diagnosis.

The experienced team at Coorparoo Aged Care provides a successful, diverse, and engaging program to support residents who live with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a disease which affects not only the resident but very often families are greatly affected as well. Coorparoo Aged Care recognises the importance of purposeful engagement in encouraging independence, offering choice, maintaining connections with others and generally supporting well-being.

Effective partnerships between the team and families assist with the development of activities that are based on the person’s individual needs and interests. These activities include craft, different kinds of word games, and music and singing activities which are very popular among residents. If any residents chooses not to participate in an activity, we encourage them to watch as a way to encourage socialisation.

It is well known that interacting with animals can have many benefits for a person with dementia. A visit from a favourite pet often helps with anxiety and depression and brings lots of happiness to all residents. The team love to see the joy on resident’s faces when a pet enters the room, especially if it triggers pleasant memories.

The team at Coorparoo welcomes and encourages families to bring in their pet to visit their beloved resident and friends.

Beryl has lived at Coorparoo for two and a half years and enjoys regular visits from her family. According to Beryl, the highlight of her week is when her son David visits with his beautiful dog Louie.

Talk to the team to find out we can help assist with visiting furry friends, or if you need more information about supporting people living with dementia.