Scottvale Dementia Evening

Japara’s  Scottvale Residential Aged Care facility located in Dandenong recently hosted a Community Information Evening, for those interested in learning about dementia and diversity in aged care.

Amelia Suckling from Alzheimer’s Australia was a great asset to the Japara community, explaining the key facts about dementia and highlighting the ‘need to take note of gradual changes’ in affected residents. In layman’s terms, she was able to outline the causes of dementia, preventive measures that can be taken, signs and symptoms/how dementia is diagnosed, living with the disease, caring for someone with dementia in an aged care environment and where to get help. Her practical examples and explanations were informative and armed families with the knowledge to better enable them to make informed decisions when it comes to the wellbeing of their loved ones.

One aspect of dementia Ms Suckling highlighted was that those who grew up in foreign countries, often reverted to their native tongue due to dementia, sometimes forgetting their second language. This emphasised the need for those with dementia to be surrounded by people who understand the disease and the intricacies it entails.

Felicita Sivasudasan, of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre, spoke to guests about the growing multicultural diversity in Australia’s aging population, especially in the City of Greater Dandenong. Due to this growth, it is imperative that aged care providers are able to cater to these cultural needs. Using Scottvale Residential Aged Care as an example, Ms Sivasudasan explained that Scottvale Residential Aged Care tailors their care and meals to the individuals at the facility, “The residence is in tune with the needs of the community. They provide western and eastern meals, depending on residents’ preferences, and celebrate cultural events and festivities.”

If you would like more information about dementia and diversity in aged care or have any residential aged care questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Japara on (03) 9649 2100.

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