It can become quite overwhelming when a loved ones is diagnosed with dementia.
Your loved one or the person you are caring for may become frustrated with the effects of the condition on their ability to function. They will become more aware that they can no longer perform tasks that they could once do with ease. This can lead to depression, anxiety and anger in the person and feelings of anxiety, guilt and stress in the family members or caregiver.
The dementia journey can be frightening and exhausting, but underlying it is the relationship you have with the person. It is the care, patience, understanding, compassion and love you express during the journey that will become a lasting legacy to treasure.
In this community talk, we will discuss the common behaviour changes and challenges, along with recommendations on how to support the person while they navigate the journey. We will also discuss strategies for diverting the person when behavior becomes challenging.
This free talk is open to everyone in the community.
After leaving a successful corporate career of 20 years, Shannon founded Fit Minds Australia in 2018. She published her first book “Demystifying Dementia” in 2019. She’s also an international speaker. Having worked in the Aged Care industry and losing her grandma to dementia, she has become an advocate for brain health and dementia. Her hope is to contribute towards a dementia-friendly nation starting from creating awareness and understanding, to supporting people to live well with dementia. Being an advocate for brain health, Shannon specializes in helping people build healthy brain function using Mental Stimulation Therapy to protect against brain function decline. She emphasizes on the importance of exercising and keeping the brain healthy, sharp and active because it means being able to continue to have the capacity to make decisions even at an advanced age, as well as continuing to live and age well. Shannon has spoken about brain health on different radio programs across Australia. She was featured in Balance by Deborah Hutton and The Carousel magazines, Starts at 60, Australian Seniors News, The Seniors and Thrive50Plus. She’s also a contributing writer for an international women magazine.