Regional sessions and group programs

We run a range of sessions and group programs in regional locations across Victoria.

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

We are currently offering the following sessions:

 


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 types, symptoms, and typical changes that may occur. Also discussed are education and services available to support the person with the diagnosis, family members and friends.

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

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What is Dementia?

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is proud to present an information session in partnership with Mansfield District Hospital and Mansfield Shire Council

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person who may have a diagnosis of dementia and for the person who has the diagnosis. Also suitable for people who would like some information about what to do if you’re worried about your memory.

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 their family, including further information and support services. 

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

 


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 this session is on how dementia changes communication and possible alternate communication strategies which may be helpful. We also explore issues around anxiety and reactive behaviour and how best to support the person with dementia with this. 

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

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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 may help carers to understand and better manage these changes.

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

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Mild Cognitive Impairment - What This Diagnosis Means for You.

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

Overview: 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.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this information session, it is anticipated participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between normal ageing, MCI and dementia;
  • Identify some of the cognitive difficulties which may be experienced by persons with MCI
  • Understand the possible causes of MCI and the changes in brain function that can be experienced; be more aware of current thinking about MCI diagnosis, progression and treatment
  • Be better prepared to deal with the impact of MCI through: 
  1. Family discussions and planning for the future
  2. Putting in place useful strategies for day-to-day life

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

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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 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.

 

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

 


The Caring Role - A Compassionate Approach

Suitable for: family carers who are ready to reflect on their new role and relationship with their loved one with dementia and who can participate in a longer (four 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 as maintaining and getting support as a carer.

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

 


Managing the Changes

Suitable for: Family carers who need information and support managing the changes occurring as a result of dementia.

Overview: The aim of this workshop is to enable carers to better understand the changes caused by dementia and how best to manage these changes as they occur. It also covers the role of effective communication and will introduce a problem solving approach as tool for dealing with these changes.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this session, it is anticipated that participants will have gained a basic understanding of:

  • What dementia is
  • The effect of dementia on the behaviour of the person with dementia
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Understanding of changed behaviours and what might trigger these behaviours
  • The problem solving approach as a means to address behaviours of concern.
  • Ways carers can cope with, and get support

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

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Coping with Carer stress

Suitable for: Carers to learn strategies to improve their well being. This program does not focus on understanding the changes caused by dementia.

Overview: This 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How increasing stress impacts on our well-being
  • Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  • Recognising how our thinking can impact on how we feel
  • Strategies to challenge our unhelpful thinking

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

 


How Dementia Friendly is your Home?*

Suitable for: Family carers who have some understanding of dementia.

Overview: 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.

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

 


Considering Residential Care

Suitable for: Family members or friends caring for someone with dementia who are at the point of considering residential care options.

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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this session, it is anticipated that participants will have gained a basic understanding of:

  • Signs of when residential care may be needed
  • Making the decision, including challenges and emotional issues for families
  • The processes – how the system works
  • Where to gain key information
  • Preparing to move a family member
  • Continuing to care

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

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Grief, Loss and 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.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this information session, participants will have discussed:

  • What is grief?
  • Losses experienced throughout the stages of dementia
  • Healthy and unhealthy grieving
  • Coping with grief
  • Bereavement
  • Seeking help
  • Support services

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

 


Centrelink Benefits and Services for People with Dementia and their Carers

 

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

 


Family Information and Support Session and Group Programs

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