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Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain, and is not a normal part of ageing. It can affect thinking, memory, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.
Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are:
Dementia is a progressive condition and coping with changes in behaviour without support can be challenging. We are constantly working to understand dementia and develop ways to provide the best possible care for dementia sufferers and their families.
Developing activities that promote fun and reminiscence are central to the way we care for people with dementia. Armchair travelling using cues and sensory activities such as smelling bread baking or holding a handful of beach sand are popular activities, and music sessions that encourage fun and involvement are also important.
All of our staff are trained in dementia support, which means that all Hall & Prior homes are suitable for dementia sufferers. Our homes have secure pin passcode entry and exits, providing peace of mind for families of residents who may be at risk of wandering.
Alzheimer’s Australia provides support, information, education and counselling for dementia sufferers and their families. Visit the Alzheimer’s Australia website, or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.