Melbourne sessions and group programs

We run a range of sessions and group programs across Melbourne Metro area.

Programs offered to families, friends and carers of people living with dementia.

We are currently running the following sessions and group programs:


What is it Like to Have Dementia? A Virtual Dementia Experience™

What: An opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of a person living with dementia.

Suitable for: Family carers who want to improve their understanding of what it can be like to live with dementia.

Overview: A program that aims to assist family members to understand what aspects of the environment and communication may be helpful or unhelpful to the person living with dementia by giving participants an immersive experience in the interactive Dementia Learning Centre at our Parkville location.

Session dates and times:
Tuesday 22 October | 1.30pm - 3.30pm | Parkville - please contact Lisa Reed to book on (03) 9815 7822


Doing Stuff Together: Quality time with dementia

Suitable for:  family carers, extended family and friends.

Overview: The workshop is designed to explore approaches to spending time with a person wit dementia and engaging them in activities that are appropriate, of interest to them and provide a
positive experience for all involved.

This program aims to assist family members and friends to:

  • understand changes caused by dementia
  • identify activities of interest to the person with dementia
  • develop resources to support the person with dementia to participate in enjoyable activities
  • learn approaches for both to engage in the activity and have a positive experience

Program Content:

  • Why keeping active is important
  • Dementia and the brain and changes in behaviour
  • I’ve tried everything but nothing works
  • How to relate, motivate and appreciate the person
  • Different levels of participation
  • Exploring many types of activities dependent on person’s history, interest and capacity

All participants will be linked with a trained Support Volunteer who will assist in the planning, creation and review of activities designed for the person with dementia and their family and friends.

This workshop is held over 2 weeks for 3 hours each week.
Thursdays 19, 26 September | 10am - 1pm | Hawthorn - please contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email to book


Introduction to Younger Onset Dementia

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person with a recent diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia who would like to learn more about dementia.

Overview: This session will provide an introduction to Younger Onset Dementia, causes, symptoms and different issues younger people face. We will also discuss services that are available to support families.

Session dates and times:

 


Blokes In The Caring Role

Suitable for: Male carers who want to reflect on their new role and relationship with their family member living with dementia and who can participate in a 4 week group program.

Overview: This program includes information about dementia, changes and communication , it also incorporates discussion about the loss and grief associated with becoming a carer. We talk about how to create an environment to facilitate the caring role, as well as maintaining and getting support as a carer. We aim to help you come up with solutions.

Program Content:

  1. The chance to meet other men who are caring for someone with dementia.
  2. Virtual Dementia Experience: an immersive experience to “walk in the shoes” of the person with dementia and develop an understanding of how and why the person changes in the way they do.
  3. Learn skills to manage the changes in behaviour and abilities of the person with dementia. Explore avenues for supports including family, friends and community services.
  4. Discuss the impact of dementia on your relationship and your sense of self. We will explore the experience of grief & loss, when someone close to you is living with dementia.
  5. Formulate a plan to cope better.

Program Format:

The program is offered as a small group session where you will be encouraged to share your experiences and listen to and support others.

The program is run over 4 weeks (3 hours each session), with one follow up session.

Session dates and times:

  • Thursdays 22, 29 August & 5, 12 September | 10:00am - 1:00pm | Hawthorn - please contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email to book
  • Mondays 11, 18, 25 November & 2 December | 10:00am - 1:00pm | Hawthorn - please contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email to book

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


Coping with Carer Stress

Suitable for: For carers who wish to learn strategies to improve their well-being.

Overview: The group will provide participants with the opportunity to meet other carers in a similar situation to themselves and to learn new skills to better manage the emotional demands of being a carer.  

Please Note: In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor.
Cost – Pension $70, Part Pension $105, No Pension $210 Care package 3 or 4 $350

Suitable for: For carers who wish to learn strategies to improve their well-being.

Session size small group maximum of 10

Session dates and times:

  • Thursdays 19, 26 September & 3, 10, 17, 24 October | 1 - 4pm | Hawthorn

Please Note In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor. Please call Lisa Reed for more details and to register your interest 9815 7822

For more information contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 


Younger Onset Dementia - Considering Respite or Residential Care

Overview: In this program, we discuss the range of respite options that are available to people with younger onset dementia and their family members. We explore the difficult decisions of when to use respite, including the barriers to making this decision. Information is also provided about the residential care system, including the different types of care available, where to get information and what questions to ask. We will also discuss the ongoing care relationship of families when professional services are also being used.

Suitable for: Family carers of a person with younger onset dementia who are considering accessing respite services, including services at home, and people considering a transition into residential care.

Please note: We recommend this course only be attended by family members and carers

Session dates and times:

 


Grief, Loss and Dementia

What: Explore the emotional impact of the grief and losses associated with dementia.

Suitable for: Family carers who would like the opportunity to discuss their experiences in a group setting.

Overview: This session will provide an occasion to share and gain a better understanding of how being a carer impacts on one’s experience of the losses experienced throughout the stages of dementia, and supports that can help.

Session dates and times:
No sessions currently scheduled

 

For more information about any of our courses, or for help booking your place, contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or via email.

 

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