We hope you had a lovely time over the festive season

Be inspired!
Art Workshops
$10 per person at the door
All welcome
Huonville Town Hall
Monday, 23 March
Devonport Convention Centre
Friday, 27 March
Swansea Town Hall
Sunday, 29 March
And look out for these
2015 events……
Still Alice (cinema movie)
Opening 29 January
The Second Best Marigold Hotel
(cinema movie)
Opening 26 February
The Letterbox Project
Dementia Artists’ Launch
Wagner Framing Gallery
Brisbane Street, Hobart
Wednesday, 18 March, 6:00pm
Plume Art Exhibition
In Ulverstone and
Launceston after Easter
We hope you had a lovely time over the festive season,
perhaps enjoying being with family and friends, or relaxing
during the warmer weather.
The end of last year was busy for some of us at Alzheimer’s
Australia Tasmania, as we compiled the Annual Report
2013/14, presented at the Annual General Meeting on 28
November. You can request a printed copy or find the report
Dementia Care Essentials Plus is training for
care-workers and volunteers working with people with
dementia. This training will enable those attending to
develop a comprehensive knowledge of dementia. DCE+
covers therapeutic communication techniques, personcentred care, and the development of practical strategies in
order to respond to behaviours and psychological symptoms
of dementia (BPSD).
To enquire or register, contact the education team. Phone
6279 1100 or email [email protected]
Dementia Care Essentials Plus courses
Thursday 29 January 2015, 9:00am–4:30pm
Huon Eldercare, 3278 Huon Highway, Franklin
Wednesday 11 February 2015, 9:00am–4:30pm
AAT Office, 63-65 Paringa Avenue, Newnham
Wednesday 18 February 2015, 9:00am–4:30pm
AAT Office, 85 Creek Road, New Town
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Ulverstone Support Group (10:00am–12:00pm)
North West Office, 11 King Edward Street, Ulverstone
February: The first meeting of the year is on Tuesday 10 February
Devonport Support Group (12:00pm–2:00pm)
Meercroft, Clements Street, Devonport
January: Wednesday 28
February: Wednesday 25
Burnie Support Group (10:00am–11:45am)
Yaraandoo, Cardigan Street, Somerset
February: The first meeting of the year is on Wednesday 4 February
Café Group (10:00am–11:30am)
The Beach Hut, Beach Road, Ulverstone
January: Tuesday 20
February: Tuesday 17
For further information on any of these groups, please call the office on 6425 9104.
There was no shortage of festive cheer at the Christmas lunch held at the Forth Bridge Hotel on
10 December. A total of 64 guests attended, clients and staff, who enjoyed a delicious lunch together,
with the traditional mouth-watering Christmas favourites of ham, turkey, and roast vegetables, followed
by a tempting choice of plum pudding or trifle for dessert.
Staff decked themselves out with bright Christmas bows and tinsel, to add to the wonderful atmosphere
already created by the Forth Bridge Hotel staff, who had decorated the venue beautifully with a
Christmas tree, lights, tinsel, and flowers on each table.
As Christmas carols played softly in the background, we all enjoyed the chance to catch up with each
other and celebrate the Christmas season together.
Several lucky door prizes were won by excited recipients, with the highlight of the day being when one of
our clients, who was celebrating his 81st birthday, by sheer chance had happened to get ticket number
81, and was lucky enough to be the winner of a prize!
Have you heard about this wonderful book? It’s an ideal way to compile your life
experiences. The book will become a treasured keepsake to pass on to your
family. Sections include: all about me, my childhood, my friends, my personality,
work and career, my favourites, my dislikes, milestones, my travels and talents.
The “This is Me” book can be ordered from Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania for
$25. It comes bound. A plastic sleeve on the front allows a photo to be added.
Contact 6425 9104 or email [email protected] for your copy today.
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Members of the Carer Social Group enjoying a Christmas celebration held on 25
November 2014 at the Country Club, Prospect.
was a great success with 60 people
attending. It was wonderful to see people enjoying themselves and meeting others.
Since the party we have had numerous phone calls from clients thanking us for
organising such a great day. One client rang to say that, initially, he had not wanted to
attend, but, having been “talked into” attending, he had the “best day ever”.
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Congratulations to Sharon Lovell, Respite
Manager at the Old Vicarage, St Johns
Avenue, New Town. Sharon was presented
with a “Highly Commended Aged Care
Professional” in the recent Aged and
Community Services Tasmania Awards for
her many years’ contribution to caring so well
for people with dementia and their carers.
Sharon was rewarded for her high quality
approach and commitment in assisting
clients to enjoy the friendly environment and
activities, while giving carers time out to
recharge to continue to support their loved
one at home.
colleagues Libby Clark (middle of picture)
and Pat Baines celebrated together at the
Awards night held at the Henry Jones Hotel
in Hobart on 5 December.
More than 80 people enjoyed singing along to their old
favourites in St John’s Church on 15 December, before
gathering at the Old Vicarage for a delicious BBQ
amongst friends.
Thank you to all the
volunteers & staff,
who made the festive
day so happy for
Michelle Swan, who won a
gorgeous gingerbread house, and second prize went to Libby Clark.
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The term “brain-training” is quite broad, and includes a range of structured, mentallystimulating activities, such as crosswords, learning a new language, reading a book,
undertaking further education, or dedicated computerised brain training activities that
focus on memory, attention, or other cognitive functions.
However, the latest review of the scientific literature by Australian researchers has found
that “computerised brain-training” is only modestly effective at improving cognitive
performance in healthy older adults. A paper in the Journal PLOS Medicine by Associate
Professor Michael Valenzuela et al., from the Brain and Mind Research Institute,
University of Sydney, looked at the effects of computerised brain training on memory
performance in healthy older adults. They reviewed 51 trials that investigated the effects
of more than four hours of computerised brain-training on nearly 5,000 healthy older
adults. They found that computerised training can lead to improvements in memory,
speed, and visuospatial skills, however, it doesn’t seem to have an impact on attention or
executive functions, such as impulse control, planning, and problem solving.
The researchers are now planning to undertake additional research into computerised
brain-training. In the latest round of research grants from the National Health and
Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Associate Professor Valenzuela was awarded just
over $700,000 to lead a clinical trial to determine whether intensive computerised training
can stop the progress of cognitive decline and the onset of dementia.
Brain training has become a multi-billion dollar industry over the past decade, and you
only need to type the term into an Internet search engine to discover multiple companies
providing online tools. Some of these products are based on rigorous scientific evidence,
and others have no evidence base at all. The important thing to note, as demonstrated
by the new review, is that regardless of the type of computerised brain-training product
(or its cost), the effects on mental performance and dementia risk reduction are likely to
be modest at best. We also know that the biggest impact is likely to be gained through a
balanced lifestyle involving physical exercise, a healthy diet, regular health checks, lots
of social interaction, and regular, mentally-stimulating activities, whether these are based
For a guide to healthy hearts and brains go to www.yourbrainmatters.org.au
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Facilitated by Michele Wilkie, Artist in Residence.
A fun-filled, two-hour workshop for people of all ages, with or without art
experience. Participants will explore pen and ink, watercolour, and acrylics.
The workshops are inspired by the magic and beauty of the peacock feather and
you will take home your unique creations ready to frame.
Where: Huonville Town Hall
When: Monday, 23 March
Devonport Convention Centre
Friday, 27 March
Swansea Town Hall
Sunday, 29 March
$10 per person (at the door) – All welcome! Refreshments and all art materials provided.
Michele Wilkie is an established arts industry professional, with extensive skills and talent. Michele has
worked with all age groups as a specialty art teacher in primary and high schools, in design at TAFEs, and
at the School of Art, University of South Australia, in visual communications.
For the past five years, Michele has been based in arts and health in the roles of Artist in Residence and
Art Mentor for Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia, and she is now the Artist in Residence for
Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania, having enabled the Plume art exhibition by dementia artists in 2014 .
Proudly supported by
We are pleased to let you know that Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania is advertising in the upcoming feature
-length movies: “Still Alice”, in late January and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, in late February.
Our adverts will be on selected screens at Hobart Village Cinema, Metro Cinemas Burnie, Rosny
Eastlands Village Cinema and Village Cinemas Launceston. Venues, times, and dates are subject to
change, so keep an eye on local papers/websites for details.
Being held across the state in March as part of “Ten Days on the Island”, this play is performed by
acclaimed Tasmanian artist, Justus Neumann. A poignant work that is punctuated by moments of genuine
light-heartedness and humour, taking the audience on a rewarding and insightful emotional journey as a
renowned elderly actor forgets his lines during a performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear. This is the
beginning of his journey into Alzheimer’s disease. As his memory fades, occurrences that would once
have been shocking – such as finding a sock in his soup – are no longer questioned. His reduced living
space is modified with numerous contraptions to meet his needs: pop-up kitchen, shower, sports field, and
library. Although valiantly fighting, he succumbs to his fate and as thought slips away, feelings grow
stronger, and his inner child is revived.
Written by Justus Neumann and Hans Peter Horner
Original Music by Julius Schwing
Designed by Greg Methe
Further information on “Ten Days on the Island” statewide events at http://www.tendays.org.au
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Hobart Office
85 Creek Road, New Town 7008
GPO Box 1606, Hobart 7001
Phone: (03) 6279 1100
Fax: (03) 6228 3031
The Old Vicarage Respite House
St John’s Avenue, New Town 7008
Phone: (03) 6279 1133
Fax: (03) 6278 9878
Launceston Office
63 - 65 Paringa Ave,
Newnham 7248
PO Box 2005, Newnham 7248
Phone: (03) 6326 3488
Fax: (03) 6326 6315
Ulverstone Office
11 King Edward Street,
Ulverstone 7315
PO Box 505, Ulverstone 7315
Phone: (03) 6425 9104
Fax: (03) 6425 1948
New National CEO
Australia’s new CEO, Ms Carol Bennett,
who joined us in December, with great
experience and expertise as a leader in
Ms Bennett will help forge new
opportunities to improve the experiences
of Australians living with dementia.
Thankfulness trees
If you have recently visited the Newnham
Office you may have spotted our
thankfulness tree. You are invited to add your “message of thanks” to
the tree, recognising that we all have something in our life for which to
feel thankful.
Internet: www.fightdementia.org.au
HELPLINE: 1800 100 500
[email protected]
Editor: Di Carter
Production: Michelle Szczypka
The offices in Ulverstone and Hobart are looking forward to embracing
this idea soon, so please look out for a thankfulness tree when you next
visit us.
Become a member of Alzheimer’s Australia Tas.
Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania relies heavily on your support to continue to provide
their many valuable services. If you would like to join the association, membership
costs from as little as $7.50 per year per individual (Pensioner/Concession).
Please contact 6279 1100 for more information.