Melbourne sessions and group programs

Programs offered to families, friends and carers of people living with dementia. Download a flyer for more information, or book in online.

We are currently running the following sessions and group programs:


Introduction to Dementia and Services - a good place to start

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person who may have a diagnosis of dementia and for the person who has the diagnosis

Overview: This session will provide an introduction to dementia, causes, symptoms and typical changes that may occur. Also discussed are services available to support the person and the family, including further information sessions.

Session dates and times (click the link to book online)


Younger Onset Dementia Family Information and Support 

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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 (click link to book online):​

Younger Onset Dementia:Family and Relationships

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person with Younger Onset Dementia who are dealing with some change or strain in the relationships within the family, as a result of the dementia. 

Overview: This is a workshop-style discussion group about the impact of Younger Onset Dementia on families. It explores the changes in relationships that may occur, the impact on children and young people and ideas around managing strained family dynamics. We will also look at the role of friends and support networks. 

Session dates and times (click link to book online):​

Younger Onset Dementia: Considering Respite and Residential Care

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.

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. 

Session dates and times (click link to book online):​

Younger Onset Dementia: Coping with Carer Stress

Suitable for: Carers of a person with Younger Onset Dementia who would like to develop strategies to improve their own well-being while caring for a person living with Younger Onset Dementia.

Overview: This six week program will provide carers with the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, and to learn new skills to better manage the emotional demands of being a carer of a family member with Younger Onset Dementia. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and to listen to and support others. This program focuses on developing strategies to improve own well-being while caring for a person living with Younger Onset Dementia. This program does not focus on understanding the changes caused by dementia.

Please note: In order to take part in this six week program, participants will be required to complete an assessment interview with a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker. Please call Matilda Page on (03) 9815 7874 for more information and to register your interest.  

Session dates and times (click link to book online):​

 


Effective Communication

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia who already have a basic understanding of dementia and who need assistance with effective communication

Overview: The focus of the session is on how dementia changes communication and possible alternate communication strategies which may be helpful. We also discuss dealing with over-reactions of a person with dementia and how to support the person who is distressed.

Session dates and times (click link to book online):​

 


Coping with Changes in Behaviour

Suitable for: Family carers who need support coping with changed behaviours

Overview: This program deals with some of the changes in behaviour caused by dementia as well as the possible triggers to these behaviours. We teach participants a problem-solving approach which helps carers to understand and better manage these changes.

Session dates and times (click link to book online):


Mild Cognitive Impairment - what this diagnosis means for you

This program discusses differences between normal ageing, MCI and dementia. We identify some of the cognitive difficulties which may be experienced by people with MCI; explore the possible causes of MCI and the changes in brain function that can occur. We also look at current understanding about MCI diagnosis, progression and treatment; and ways you can be better prepared to deal with the impact of MCI.

Suitable for people who have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their families.


Blokes In The Caring Role

Blokes In The Caring Role

This program is 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, with 3 hours each session. With a Follow up Session

 


The caring role - a compassionate approach

While this program includes information about dementia, changes and communication it also incorporates 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.

Suitable for: Family carers who are ready to reflect on their new role and relationship with their family member living with dementia, and who can participate in a longer (4 week) group program.

Overview: While this program includes information about dementia, changes and communication, it also incorporates the loss and grief associated with becoming a carer. We talk about how to create an environment to facilitate the caring role as well            maintaining and getting support as a carer. Small group maximum of 10

Session dates and times (click link to book online):

 


Managing the Changes

In partnership with Bundoora Extended Care Centre

Suitable for: Family carers who are able to attend a 3 hour session incorporating a number of topics.

Overview: It covers an introduction to dementia and the changes in behaviour and communication caused by dementia. We also teach communication strategies and the problem solving approach to enable carers to better manage these changes. The topic of carer coping and getting support is also covered.

Session dates and times (click link to book online):

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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.  This group is a 6 week course run Thursdays in March and April 2017 from 1-4pm 

Please Note In order to join this program, participants will need to complete an assessment interview with a counsellor.

Session size small group maximum of 10

Dates: Thursday in March/April (Hawthorn)

Please call Lisa Reed for more details and to register your interest 9815 7822


How dementia-friendly is your home?*

Learn the principles of creating a dementia friendly home environment.

Suitable for family carers who have some understanding of dementia.

This session will help families better understand how a person with dementia perceives and experiences their environment, as well as providing  practical and inexpensive ideas of how to make the home life easier for a person living with dementia

Dementia Enabling Environments Project WA

* Program information developed by Alzheimer’s Australia WA


Considering Residential Care

Suitable for: Family carers at the point of considering residential care for a family member with dementia

Overview: In this program, we discuss the difficult decision of when to decide that residential care is needed, including the

barriers to making this decision, and the emotional issues for families regarding placement. Information is also provided about the residential care system, including the different types of care available, and where to get information, and what services to contact. Discussion of the family’s new role and how they can continue to care is included in this program.

Session dates and times (click link to book online):​

 


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 (click link to book online):​

 


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 (click link to book online):

 

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

 

                                                      


Session and Group Program Flyers

Click the links below for downloadable family support session and group program flyers.

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