IFIC Australia Webinar – Improving the lives of people living with dementia
The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) Australia has proposed a webinar on improving the lives of people with dementia. October 31, 2023.
Drawing on expertise from New South Wales Australia, this webinar explores living and lived experiences of dementia, and how we can improve quality of life both in the early stage of dementia, and in the last months of life.
Facilitated by Zoi Triandafilidis, Research Project Manager Central Coast Research Institute for Integrated Care (CCRI)
Georgie Quick: Research Support Officer from CCLHD with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
Christine Sender-Ivanov: Gerontological Nursing (UTAS), Consultant Dementia Care Coordinator War Memorial Hospital Waverly, NSW.
Bobby Redman: Chair Dementia Australia Advisory Committee Community Advocate and Lived Experience Consumer.
Prof Dimity Pond: Clinical Professor of General Practice University of Newcastle.
Dr Sally Carr: Director Palliative Care Service Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD).
Nereide A Curreri: Gerontologist specialized in dementia and integrated care, Researcher Centre of Competence on Ageing SUPSI, Switzerland.
Nereide Alhena Curreri, PhD is a gerontologist with special interests in dementia and integrated care. She currently holds a position as researcher with the Centre of Competence on Ageing at the University of Applied Sciences & Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Nereide earned a PhD in Dementia Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and an MSc in Gerontology from the Vrije University of Amsterdam, NL.
Her in field experience is in community projects for older people and people living with dementia in Scotland, with care homes in Italy, as Geriatric Care Manager in home care and starting-up and managing a dementia unit in California, US. Nereide’s aims include raising awareness of integrated dementia care at system, organisation, and community levels, and bringing to the forefront of policy and community agendas social determinants of wellbeing and quality of life through a gerontological perspective.
She is author of recent academic publications. Nereide also holds a position as extraordinary researcher at the Optentia Research Unit of North-West University South Africa, and is a senior associate at the International Foundation of Integrated Care.
Her speech on Alamar Life:
“And then finally, I just wanted to share this new, it’s a going to be project with Alamar Life, which is this wonderful website and Web TV, nature videos that are actually based on naturopathy, that bring nature into care homes, into day centers, into homes, where the frequency of the videos and of the nature like the sunset, the waves of the ocean, actually have beneficial effects for all kinds of different conditions.
And they’ve done some research on people living with dementia, some people that were mute, then spoke with these videos, they’re conversation starters, and this website will be a documentary filmmaker, an Italian documentary filmmaker, has put a project together and it’ll be translated into English in January.
And so then we would like to start some research in some care homes. If anyone wants to do some cross-national research together or is interested, please let me know or go to the website.
And this is definitely I believe in this for living with dementia and carers because the harmony, as you can read, the calming relaxation, there’s been a lot of improvements. So this is exciting to me. Very exciting. And so I wanted to share it with you all”.
You can watch the entire webinar directly from the page: