Melbourne sessions and group programs

We run a range of sessions and group programs in regional locations across Melbourne Metro area.

Programs offered to families, friends and carers of people living with dementia.

July - December 2018 Hawthorn flyer     Parkville flyer

We are currently running the following sessions and group programs:

 


Introduction to Dementia and Services

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person who may have a diagnosis of dementia and for the person who has the diagnosis.

Overview: This session will provide an introduction to dementia, the causes, symptoms and typical changes that may occur. Also discussed are services available to support the person and the family, including further information sessions.

Session dates and times:

  • Wednesday 17 October 6pm - 8pm(Hawthorn)   Book online
  • Tuesday 4 December 1.30pm - 3.30pm(Hawthorn)    Book online

 


Younger Onset Dementia Family Information and Support

 

Introduction to Younger Onset Dementia

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person with a recent diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia who would like to learn more about dementia.

Overview: This session will provide an introduction to Younger Onset Dementia, causes, symptoms and different issues younger people face. We will also discuss services that are available to support families.

Session dates and times:

 

Younger Onset Dementia: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Suitable for: People with Younger Onset Dementia and their families and carers who are looking to seek services through NDIS in the future.

Overview: This session will provide an Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and how Younger Onset Dementia fits into this scheme. This scheme is a change to the way that younger people with dementia access support services and this session hopes to make this process clearer. We will provide information about how to access the scheme, the types of services that might be available and planning information to help you get the most from your NDIS plan.

Session dates and times:
No sessions currently scheduled

 


Effective Communication

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia who already have a basic understanding of dementia and who need assistance with effective communication.

Overview: The focus of the session is on how dementia changes communication and possible alternate communication strategies which may be helpful. For example, we look at repetitive questioning, managing distressed or aggressive conversation and self care.

Session dates and times:

  • Thursday 15 November 6pm - 8.30pm   (Hawthorn)   Book online

 


Coping with Changes in Behaviour

Suitable for: Family carers who need support coping with changed behaviours.

Overview: This program deals with some of the changes in behaviour caused by dementia as well as the possible triggers to these behaviours. We teach participants a problem-solving approach which helps carers to understand and better manage these changes.

Session dates and times:

  • Wednesday 10 October from 6pm-8.30pm   (Hawthorn)  Book online

 


Mild Cognitive Impairment - What this Diagnosis Means for You

Suitable for: people who have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their families.

Overview: This program discusses differences between normal ageing, MCI and dementia. We identify some of the cognitive difficulties which may be experienced by people with MCI; explore the possible causes of MCI and the changes in brain function that can occur. We also look at current understanding about MCI diagnosis, progression and treatment; and ways you can be better prepared to deal with the impact of MCI.

Session dates and times:

  • Thursday 11 October 2018 from 10.30am - 12.30pm (Hawthorn)   Book online

 


Blokes In The Caring Role

Suitable for: Male carers who want to reflect on their new role and relationship with their family member living with dementia and who can participate in a 4 week group program.

Overview: This program includes information about dementia, changes and communication , it also incorporates discussion about the loss and grief associated with becoming a carer. We talk about how to create an environment to facilitate the caring role, as well as maintaining and getting support as a carer. We aim to help you come up with solutions.

Program Content:

  1. The chance to meet other men who are caring for someone with dementia.
  2. Virtual Dementia Experience: an immersive experience to “walk in the shoes” of the person with dementia and develop an understanding of how and why the person changes in the way they do.
  3. Learn skills to manage the changes in behaviour and abilities of the person with dementia. Explore avenues for supports including family, friends and community services.
  4. Discuss the impact of dementia on your relationship and your sense of self. We will explore the experience of grief & loss, when someone close to you is living with dementia.
  5. Formulate a plan to cope better.

Program Format:

The program is offered as a small group session where you will be encouraged to share your experiences and listen to and support others.

The program is run over 4 weeks (3 hours each session), with one follow up session.

Session dates and times:

 

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


The Caring Role

Overview: This program incorporates information about dementia and the changes, particularly in communication and behaviour. Strategies for managing changes in communication and behaviour are taught in this course. We also focus on how to incorporate activities for living and pleasure with a person with dementia as well as carer coping strategies.

Suitable for: People providing care and support for people living with Dementia. This is a more comprehensive program run in interactive group sessions.

Session dates and times

No sessions currently scheduled

 

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


Managing the Changes

In partnership with Bundoora Extended Care Centre

Suitable for: Family carers who are able to attend a 3 hour session incorporating a number of topics.

Overview: It covers an introduction to dementia and the changes in behaviour and communication caused by dementia. We also teach communication strategies and the problem solving approach to enable carers to better manage these changes. The topic of carer coping and getting support is also covered.

Session dates and times:

 


Coping with Carer Stress

Suitable for: For carers who wish to learn strategies to improve their well-being.

Overview: The group will provide participants with the opportunity to meet other carers in a similar situation to themselves and to learn new skills to better manage the emotional demands of being a carer.  

Please Note: In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor.
Cost – Pension $70, Part Pension $105, No Pension $210 Care package 3 or 4 $350

Suitable for: For carers who wish to learn strategies to improve their well-being.

Session size small group maximum of 10

Session dates and times:

  • (Hawthorn)
    This group is a 7 week course run Tuesday in August and September from 1pm - 4pm

 

Please Note In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor. Please call Lisa Reed for more details and to register your interest 9815 7822

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


How Dementia-Friendly is Your Home?*

Suitable for: family carers who have some understanding of dementia.

Overview: This session will help families better understand how a person with dementia perceives and experiences their environment, as well as providing  practical and inexpensive ideas of how to make the home life easier for a person living with dementia. Learn the principles of creating a dementia friendly home environment.

Dementia Enabling Environments Project WA

*Program information developed by Dementia Australia WA

Session dates and times:
No sessions currently scheduled

 

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


Considering Respite or Residential Care

Suitable for: Family carers at the point of considering residential care for a family member with dementia.

Overview: In this program, we discuss respite care options and  the difficult decision of when to consider residential care is needed, including the barriers to making this decision, and the emotional issues for families regarding placement. Information is also provided about the respite and residential care system, including the different types of care available, where to get information, and what services to contact. Discussion of the family’s new role and how they can continue to care is included in this program. Suitable for: Family carers at the point of considering accessing respite and/or residential care for a family member living with dementia.

Session dates and times:
No sessions currently scheduled

 


Grief, Loss and Dementia

What: Explore the emotional impact of the grief and losses associated with dementia.

Suitable for: Family carers who would like the opportunity to discuss their experiences in a group setting.

Overview: This session will provide an occasion to share and gain a better understanding of how being a carer impacts on one’s experience of the losses experienced throughout the stages of dementia, and supports that can help.

Session dates and times:
No sessions currently scheduled

 


What is it Like to Have Dementia? A Virtual Dementia Experience™

What: An opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of a person living with dementia.

Suitable for: Family carers who want to improve their understanding of what it can be like to live with dementia.

Overview: A program that aims to assist family members to understand what aspects of the environment and communication may be helpful or unhelpful to the person living with dementia by giving participants an immersive experience in the interactive Dementia Learning Centre at our Parkville location.

Session dates and times:

  • Wednesday 28 November 1.30 - 3.30pm -(Parkville) Book online

 


“Doing Stuff Together: Quality time with dementia”

November 2018 flyer

Suitable for:  family carers, extended family and friends.

Overview: The workshop is designed to explore approaches to spending time with a person with

dementia and engaging them in activities that are appropriate, of interest to them and provide a

positive experience for all involved.

This program aims to assist family members and friends to:

  • understand changes caused by dementia
  • identify activities of interest to the person with dementia
  • develop resources to support the person with dementia to participate in enjoyable activities
  • learn approaches for both to engage in the activity and have a positive experience

Program Content:

  • Why keeping active is important
  • Dementia and the brain and changes in behaviour
  • I’ve tried everything but nothing works
  • How to relate, motivate and appreciate the person
  • Different levels of participation
  • Exploring many types of activities dependent on person’s history, interest and capacity

All participants will be linked with a trained Support Volunteer who will assist in the planning, creation and review of activities designed for the person with dementia and their family and friends.

This workshop is held over 2 weeks for 3 hours each week.

  • Tuesday 13 and 20 November 1pm - 4pm   ( 6 hour program) (Hawthorn)   Book online

 


What is it like for EDIE ?

Overview: EDIE uses virtual reality technology to enhance your knowledge of the impact of dementia. A program that aims to assist family members to understand what aspects of the environment and communication may be helpful or unhelpful to the person living with dementia.
Suitable for: Family members who want to gain a greater understanding of what it is like for a person who is living with dementia

Please note: We request that participants complete some questionnaires for the evaluation of this technology experience

Session dates and times:

  • Tuesday 27 November 6pm - 8.30pm -(Hawthorn)  Book online

 


Frontotemporal Dementia The Caring Role

This program includes information about Frontotemporal dementia changes and communication, as well as the loss and grief associated with becoming a carer.  We discuss how to create an environment to facilitate the caring role as well as maintaining and getting support as a carer.

This program is suitable for:

Family carers who are ready to reflect on their new role and relationship with their family member living with dementia, and who can participate in a longer group program.

Program Content:

  1. Gain information about the symptoms of Frontotemporal dementia and the changes in intellectual functions and how these changes impact on your family member.
  2. Discuss the changes as the carer in relation to your role and the impact of Frontotemporal dementia on your relationship and your sense of self.
  3. Learn skills to manage the changes in behaviour and abilities of your family member with Frontotemporal dementia  
  4. Find out about how to draw on supports including family, friends and community services.

Please note: In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor.

Session dates and times:

No sessions currently scheduled

 

 

For more information about any of our courses, or for help booking your place, contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 

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