Dementia Australia would like to thank our sponsors for their generousity, partnership, and support.
Sponsors make an incredible difference by supporting their communities through organisations like Dementia Australia. Not only do the following list of partners offer financial support for our programs, services and publicity campaigns, they help us build connections with the Australian community. In turn, we provide our sponsors with incentive and resources to learn more about living with dementia. If you would like to partner with us to create a world without dementia, please call 09 9815 7800 to discuss the many benefits for you and your organisation with our General Manager Fundraising.
Dementia Australia would like to thank Bendigo Bank for sponsoring Better Banking for people living with dementia – an online education program for banks and the financial sector to learn about the impact of dementia and how to provide improved services for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
By supporting this initiative, Bendigo Bank is helping Dementia Australia to address discrimination faced by people living with dementia and financial abuse.
Better Banking for people living with dementia requires only one hour to complete and provides a comprehensive overview of dementia and advice on how to better meet the financial needs of people living with dementia.
The program includes interactive videos, quizzes, clickable graphics and flashcards, all designed to effectively engage and educate. Extensive research and development was undertaken in creating Better Banking for people living with dementia including consultation with Bendigo Bank, Victoria Police and The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Victorian aged care provider Lifeview Residential Care partnered with us over the last two years to develop and trial our Virtual Forest - a sensory therapy application designed to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia through the use of video game technology.
Dementia Australia Victoria provided Lifeview staff with specialist training and their residents (with mid to late dementia) were involved in triali1ng the Virtual Forest experience - the overall experience, thoughts, reactions, demeanour etc. of residents all formed part of the feedback on this project.
By teaming with Dementia Australia Vic, Lifeview assist us in the valuable work we do in the area of dementia research and support and also brought their residents this day changing technology, whilst giving their staff a better understanding of dementia, and the leading edge technology available to assist those living with this disease. During the trials Lifeview’s residents who were continually on the move, hard to engage for longer than five minutes and who got highly agitated, were able to sit and experiencing the forest environment for up to 30 minutes at a time. During this time they were relaxed and communicative about not only the forest, but memories it evokes in them. This calmness and open communication assisted Lifeview’s staff to better understand a resident’s history and connect with them. Gaining entry into their world enables staff and carers to better understand the person’s care needs and develop individual tailored activities for them.
The Virtual Forest is now available for sale directly from Dementia Australia Vic.
Lifeview has recently agreed to extend the partnership for a further two years in order to develop with us another exciting new piece of technology that will assist carers and family members when visiting a person living with dementia.