Announcement of Innovation in Dementia Award 2016

The Dementia Elevator team are delighted  to invite applications for the third Innovation in Dementia Award! This award will be presented to a project that plays a role in improving the quality of life of people with dementia, their caregivers, loved ones, and/or health professionals working in dementia care.

Applicants across all settings including (but not limited to) home, community, business, arts, technology and healthcare are invited to apply. The successful applicant will receive €1,000 in prize money to help develop a dementia related project or expand an existing project in a novel way.

The winner will be announced at the Dementia Elevator End of Project Exhibition which will take place  in the Helix, DCU on the 20th of September 2016. Last year’s winners are pictured above. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 26th of August 2016.

For more information click here: Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia – Information document 2016.

The application form can be downloaded here: Elevator Innovation Award Application Form 2016.

You can view and download the 2016 Innovation Award Poster below.

innovation award poster 2016

 

 

Dementia awareness training for retailers and customer facing services in Wexford town: 6th April 2016

Dementia Elevator is delighted to be collaborating with Wexford Chamber and Bluebird Care Wexford to deliver dementia awareness training for front line staff!

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016
Time: Registration from 6pm; Presentation 6.30pm – 8pm (incl. Q&A Session)
Venue: Wexford Chamber, Hill Street, Wexford
Fee: Attendance is FREE

Face to face delivery of Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers on​ 8th April 2016 in DCU, ​Book your place now!​

Dementia Elevator will host face-to-face delivery of its online programme: Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers.

More information about the training is available by clicking this link.  http://dementiaelevator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Coping-Skills-for-Families-and-Carers-Flyer.pdf

Date: 8th April 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Dublin City University

Cost: Free

Dr. Paulina Piasek will deliver the programme in a supportive environment of other family carers. The places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Light lunch will be provided.

To book a place, or for more information, please email or phone Ms. Ann-Marie Coen.

Phone: 01 700 6190

Email: ann-marie.coen@dcu.ie

Dementia Elevator, ​Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers​

– Free, online resource now available!

This comprehensive programme aims to provide carers with a range of skills which will enable them to support the person with dementia in their care, and to help them live well in their homes for longer. Participants will be taught to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia, while learning about the importance of self-care.

The content of this programme will also be very beneficial to health and social care staff who work regularly with people with dementia.

​The programme content is divided into five chapters:

  1. Focusing on the person with dementia
  2. The importance of self-care
  3. Maintaining relationships between carer and the person with dementia.
  4. Understanding and exploring emotions of a person with dementia
  5. Supporting the person with everyday  activities

The training aims to be interactive and engaging with features including:

  • Interviews with people with dementia, family carers and professionals
  • A range of videos examples demonstrating the skills in everyday situations
  • A personal narrator and use of characters
  • A downloadable personal reflection journal
  • Additional resources with each chapter
  • A resource pack for group delivery

Access the programme here

http://dementiaelevator.ie/training-programmes/psychosocial-skills-training/#foundation

Survey on Everyday memory – Call for Volunteers​!

This anonymous questionnaire-based research study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the type of ​ ​memory mistakes people make in normal everyday life, how often these mistakes occur, and the possible relationship between memory errors and factors such as age, gender, education level, mood and fatigue

If we know more about how often healthy people forget, the types of things they forget, and the factors that influence forgetting, GPs and other health professionals may be better able to judge the potential seriousness of an individual’s complaints and help people to improve and protect their memory.

If you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please complete this anonymous questionnaire (link below) looking at everyday memory lapses. The questionnaire takes approx 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take a survey on everyday memory.

Please forward this email to anyone else you know who is aged 50 or above, resident in Ireland, and possibly interested in completing the survey.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the principal investigator, Sophia Kilcullen at  ​

sophia.kilcullen4@mail.dcu.ie,

Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 – Shortlist

Check out the diverse range of innovative projects that have made the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 Shortlist! Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Shortlist 2015

Why not join us at the award ceremony on the 2nd of December 2015 in the Helix, DCU? This event will be a great networking opportunity for those interested in/working in, dementia care. We are delighted to have last year’s winners ‘Kildare Past times Choir’ perform and there will be a poster exhibition of project applicants.

RSVP here by 29th of November 2015.

For more information on the Elevator Award click here.

National Dementia Education Programme: Early Identification of Memory Problems in the Older Person e learning Programme

HSeLanD is the Health Services e-Learning and Development service and contains over 130 online learning programmes, resources, assessment & planning tools.

The Early Identification of Memory Problems in the Older Person e learning Programme is a short online course which introduces participants to the experience of those with memory problems. The programme adopts a person-centred approach to care, highlighting the need to plan care with the maximum possible participation of the person with memory problems and his or her significant others. This is achieved by emphasising that assessment and care should be aimed at identifying a person’s strengths and capacities to maintain independence and self-determination for as long as possible.

Students can access the programme online through the HSE land portal. Log onto www.hseland.ie. If you have not registered before, you will be asked to do this. When you have successfully logged in, enter the term early, into the search box which is visible on the mylearning section. You will be presented with the option to take the relevant programme. Programme duration is approximately one hour.

For more information about the course see here.

Development of New National Dementia Office Repository

The National Dementia Strategy Office (NDO) which was established as part of the National Dementia Strategy Implementation plan, is currently exploring ways to share/promote exemplars of best practice in Dementia care. In order to facilitate this, the NDO propose to develop a repository of examples of quality/practice/service developments that are currently happening across the country in public, private, voluntary and education settings. Links to established information and resource hubs already developed across the country will also be included.

To assist in collating this information, the NDO are inviting interested parties to complete the form which can be accessed through the link below. The NDO will subsequently develop a database from the information received that will be accessible to all services. This database will provide a focal point for gathering and disseminating current initiatives in dementia care. The information will assist the NDO in strategically planning and supporting the ongoing development of dementia care across services.  It will also assist in developing dementia-specific learning initiatives across services in line with the National Dementia Strategy objectives. It is intended that the development and availability of this repository will avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, and enhance networking and learning opportunities. The repository will be hosted as part of the HSE’s Lenus repository (www.lenus.ie).

To complete & submit the form click here.

If you have any queries regarding the template please contact  Mary Manning  at  marym.manning@hse.ie

 

Elevator at the Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair

Dementia Elevator are delighted to be exhibiting at the Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair on the 4th of October. We will be showcasing our free, online training for front line retail staff which can be accessed here as well as highlighting other existing Elevator resources! To find out what the retail training is about why not watch this short teaser: Click here to view.

You can access a flyer for the event here:

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S​urvey​ on Everyday Memory – Volunteers Needed!

Many people complain about their memory, especially as they get older. There are many possible reasons for forgetting, and memory mistakes do not automatically mean a memory disorder. If we know more about how often healthy people forget, the types of things they forget, and the factors that influence forgetting, GPs and other health professionals will be able to judge how serious reported memory problems might be and how they can help people to improve and protect their memory.

An anonymous questionnaire-based research study in DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the type of memory mistakes people make in normal everyday life, how often these mistakes occur, and the possible relationship between memory errors and factors such as age, gender, education level, mood and fatigue.

If you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impacts cognition, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment , please take 20 -30 minutes to complete this anonymous questionnaire (link below) looking at everyday memory and memory lapses.

Click here to take a survey on everyday memory

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the principle investigator, Sophia Kilcullen at sophia.kilcullen4@mail.dcu.ie, or study supervisors, Dr. Kate Irving at kate.irving@dcu.ie and Prof. Teresa Burke at teresa.burke@dcu.ie. Thank you for your interest.