Understanding and working with Dementia
425,416 Australians are living with Dementia and approximately 300,00 Australians are involved in their care. Dementia has become the leading contributor of death in women and the second contributor for men.
Dementia can happen to anyone, with some people developing it as young as their mid 30’s. However the risk is higher as people age.
Caring for someone with Dementia brings a set of unique challenges and many carers struggle with watching their loved one change and become less able to carry out everyday activities as a consequence of diminished cognitive ability.
As a counsellor, the possibility of working with a person affected by Dementia is rising. It is therefore useful to be equipped with facts about the different types of dementia and the effects that they have on the person with Dementia. It is also helpful to have facts about community resources.
This presentation seeks to educate participants about Dementia and its effects and equip counsellors for the work of journeying with not only those affected by Dementia, but their families as well.