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In this segment of Dementia News we aim to keep you informed about the latest new videos, help sheets, toolkits, manuals, policy submissions, and other online resources on the Dementia Australia website.


New Videos

Two new additions to our Video Gallery this month are Buddies and It’s not a disgrace … it’s dementia - Italian.

Video BuddiesBuddies

The Buddy Program from Dementia Australia Tasmania involves a Buddy accompanying a person with Younger Onset Dementia to attend activities in the community and to become a volunteer (if they wish) of their own choosing (e.g., helping at a café, community garden or animal shelter).

Video It's not a disgrace ItalianIt’s not a disgrace … it’s dementia - Italian

This is a short film to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about dementia within the Italian speaking community. The film features carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience.


Community Cafe ToolkitNew Resources

Community Café Toolkit.

Your manual and tools for establishing a café for people living with dementia has everything you need to establish and run a community cafe in your area.

The toolkit contains a manual with instructions on ‘how to’ establish and run a community café in your region, and tools to assist you in getting started and to assist in the day-to-day running of your café.


New Submissions

Submission to Integrated Carer Support Service consultation (June 2016)

The Medical Research Future Fund Priorities (June 2016)

The National Disability Advisory Program review (June 2016)

Increasing Choice in Home Care (June 2016)


Helpsheet - tips for caring from a distanceNew Help Sheets

Dementia Australia help sheets provide advice, common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia. These popular PDFs are read and downloaded more than a thousand times every day. 

Recent updates to help sheets include:

Tips for caring from a distance
This help sheet offers tips for caring when you can't be present all the time. Published June 2016.

Adapting your home
This help sheet provides information for families and carers on how to create a dementia-friendly environment. Published June 2016.

Helpsheet - how to design dementia-friendly care environmentsHow can supportive aids help?
This help sheet explains how supportive aids can be used to assist people living with dementia. Published June 2016.

How to design dementia-friendly care environments
This help sheet outlines the key principles to enable you to make simple changes at home or in a care facility to help make the best of everyday life. Published June 2016.