Tim England, a local demential champion was my guest in the studio today to talk about Dementia.
What it is - a condition, a syndrome, a collection of conditions that cause distress. It is epitomised by confusion.
What it isn't - a disease, yet there are over 100 different diseases that can cause a clinical dementia.
We can have the same symptoms of dementia but are in fact a delirium - lack of sleep and not enough water, a mix of drugs - this can be treated.
How can we build more demential friendly communities?
Music, dance and touch are very important to working with dementia patients.
What are we consuming that affects the neurochemistry of our brain? These re big questions - alcohol drugs, even the level of stress and constant chatter.
What can you do to stave this off? Have a health lifestyle - these are our choices in our hands
One of the things we spoke about off air and I can see we didn't come back to it on air was the element of touch in dementia care. When more and more homes have a policy of no touch, it withdraws a fundamental need for us as humans. Interestingly primary schools have the same policy.
My Aged Care government website - ACAT
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service - DBMAS 24 hour helpline 1800 699 799
Alzheimers Australia - 24 hour helpline and a good resource for fact sheets
Dr David Permutter - Inflammation - strong relationship to dementia
Triple H and Tagumpay Inspire Concert
Fusion Sleep in Your Car
Chatswood Sleeps Rough
Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.