Wednesday, 8 February 2017

18 & 19 FEB17 - ADFM Dementia Care Skills (DCS) Training for Family Caregivers

ADFM will be conducting another DCS training session for family caregivers and their care workers on 18 February and 19 February 2017.

This Dementia Care Skills (DCS) Training, covers one and a half day of  interactive and observed learning through video play, dynamics group activities and sharing of experiences, is intended to provide family caregivers (and their care workers) to acquire a better understanding of dementia and empower them to support their loved ones / persons living with Alzheimer’s dementia, using the person-centered care approach.
                                      
Learning Outcome:
·   Understanding what is dementia, the causes and symptoms;
·   Understanding the principles of person-centered care;
·   Acquiring communication skills to interact effectively with people with dementia;
·   Recognizing and respond to behaviours that may be exhibited by people with dementia;
·   Understanding the importance of engagement through activity for the person with dementia;
·   Developing self-care strategies to manage work-related stress.

Program
Venue:  ADFM PJ Day-Care Centre, No. 6 Lorong 11/8E, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya
Date/Day
Time
Training Module
ADFM Facilitator
Day 1 - 18 February 
0830-0900
0900-1030
1030-1045
1045-1230
1230-1300
1300-1430
1430-1630
Registration / Tea & Coffee
Module 1:  Nature of Dementia
Refreshment
Module 2 – Impact of Dementia / PCC
LUNCH
Module 3 – Effective Communication
Module 4 – Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)


Dr Khor Hui Min

Helen Ung

Helen Ung
Dr Khor Hui Min

Day 2 - 19 February 
0830-0900
0900-1030
1030-1100
1100-1230
Registration / Tea & Coffee
Module 5 – Purposeful & Meaningful Engagement
Refreshment
Module 6 -  Application to Care Practices

Satiapoorany

Satiapoorany

For enquiries & registration: Email jenny@adfm.org.my or whatsapp 016 608 2513 / 03 7931 5850

No Registration Fee.  Compulsory Registration, providing:
(1) Full Name/s, (2) Mobile contact, (3) Email address, (4) Indicate family caregiver or care worker, and (5) To whom you are caring for.

Please Register Early for logistic arrangements.


Best wishes and kind regards.

JOIN the ADFM National Caregivers Support Network
An online platform for Caregivers Community in Malaysia
To seek support, information, advice and share their journey of caregiving 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Johor Bahru 6 & 7 JAN17 - Dementia Care Skills (DCS) Training

 






To: All family Caregivers

Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) and Johor Bahru Alzheimer’s Disease Support Association (JOBADA), supported by Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor, will be conducting a Dementia Care Skills Training in Johor Bahru for Family Caregivers (and their care workers) caring for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s dementia in Johor. 

This DCS Training comprising of 6 Modules are intended to provide family caregivers (and  their care workers) to acquire a better understanding of dementia in an experiential way and empower them to support their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s dementia using the person-centered care approach and focused on the following aspects:

(1)     Understanding what is dementia, the causes and symptoms;
(2)     Understanding the principles of person-centred care;
(3)     Acquiring communication skills to interact effectively with people with dementia;
(4)     Recognizing and responding to behaviors that may be exhibited by people with dementia;
(5)     Understanding the importance of engagement through activity for the person with dementia; and
(6)     Developing self-care strategies to manage work-related stress.

PROGRAM:  

Dementia Care Skills Training (DCS)
on
6 & 7 January 2017 (Friday and Saturday)
at
Seminar Room 1 & 2 (Next to Auditorium), Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru
Jalan Persiaran Mutiara, Emas Utama,
Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru

Date

Time

Module

Facilitator
Day 1
6 January
0830-0900

0900-1030

1030-1230

1230-1400

1400-1530

1530-1700
Registration / Breakfast

Module 1:  Nature of Dementia

Module 2 – Impact of Dementia / Person-Centered Care

LUNCH

Module 3 – Effective Communication

Module 4 – Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)


Dr Goh Cheng Beh

Dr Goh Cheng Beh



Edwin Tay

Dr Goh Cheng Beh
Day 2
7 January
0830-0900

0900-1030

1030-1230

1230
Registration / Breakfast

Module 5 – Purposeful & Meaningful Engagement

Module 6 -  Application to Care Practices

LUNCH / END


Edwin Tay

Edwin Tay

NO Registration Fees - Registrations are open to all family caregivers (and their care workers) who are advised to attend the 6 modules. Compulsory registration based on first-come-first basis.

Email your registration to: jobadajohor@gmail.com providing:

(1)    Full Name/s
(2)    Mobile contact
(3)    Email address
(4)    Indicate whether family caregiver, and
(5)    To whom you are caring for.

Any questions, please call   JOBADA at Tel: 07 222 4016    OR: SITA at 016 765 6857 


Please Register Early for logistic arrangements.


Best regards.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

26NOV16 & 17DEC16 - DEMENTIA CARE SKILLS (DCS) TRAINING FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS / CARE WORKERS


Dear family Caregivers,

ADFM will be conducting the above Dementia Care Skills Training for Family Caregivers / Care Workers.

The DCS Training Sessions of 6 Modules are intended to provide family caregivers/care workers to acquire a better understanding of dementia and empower them to support their loved ones or people with dementia (PWD) using the person-centred care approach and focused on the following aspects:

(1)  Understand what is dementia, the causes and symptoms;
(2)  Understand the principles of person-centred care;
(3)  Acquire communication skills to interact effectively with people with dementia;
(4)  Recognize and respond to behaviours that may be exhibited by people with dementia;
(5)  Understand the importance of engagement through activity for the person with dementia; and
(6)  Develop self-care strategies to manage work-related stress.

Details for the one and a half day sessions which will be held in November and December are as follows:

Venue:     ADFM PJ Day-Care Centre (No. 6, Lorong 11/8E, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya) 

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Module 1: Nature of Dementia
Module 2: Impact of Dementia and Person Centred Care

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 9.00am to 4.00PM
Module 3: Effective Communication
Module 4: Behavioural & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Module 5: Purposeful and Meaningful Engagement
Module 6:  Application of Care Practices

The training will be conducted / facilitated by following ADFM Team of Trainers:
(1)  Geriatrician,  Dr Elizabeth Chong
(2)  Helen Ung 
(3)  Geriatrician, Dr Khor Hui Min
(4)  Leong Sik Wai
(5)  Satiapoorany d/o Subramaniam
(6)  Felix Kong

NO Registration Fees.  Registrations are now open to all family caregivers/care workers who are advised to register for the 6-module sessions scheduled on 26 November and 17 December 2016.

Email your registration to jennyho8@gmail.com / jenny@adfm.org.my, providing:
(1)    Full Name/s
(2)    Mobile contact
(3)    Email address
(4)    Indicate whether family caregiver or care worker, and
(5)    To whom you are caring for.

Any questions, please whatsapp or call Jenny at mobile -> 016 608 2513.


Please Register Early for logistic arrangements (No last minutes as seats are limited).

Best wishes and kind regards.

Monday, 7 November 2016

SAT / 12 NOV16 ADFM Caregivers Sharing Session on "Back Care and Client Mobility" by Physiotherapist, Tracy Chan

Dear Family Caregivers and Care Workers, 

ADFM has invited Ms Tracy Chan, a Physiotherapist with extensive clinical experience from Australia, who is back in Malaysia now, to facilitate a caregiver sharing session for this month of November, 2016.

Please take note that this session will NOT be a talk or lecture BUT a discussion problem solving session for family caregivers and care workers taking care of people with dementia and older adults; and facing mobility problems.


Topic:  "BACK CARE & CLIENT MOBILITY"

Day / Date:   Saturday, 12 November 2016

Time:   2.00 pm till 5.00pm
(Note:  Registration will start from 1.00pm. Please be seated 10 minutes before 2pm)

Venue:   ADFM PJ Day-Care Centre, No. 6, Lorong 11 / 8E, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya.


Brief Profile of Speaker/Facilitator: 

Tracy Chan, obtained her Bachelor of Applied Sciences  (Physiotherapy) from the Faculty of Health Sciences (Cumberland), University of Sydney, Australia and gained her on-job training experience in Australia.  She is registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (AHPRA) and an Associate Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  Tracy has been a speaker at ADFM national caregivers conference, workshops/seminars and public talks on safety and mobility management.  

Registration:

Prior registration is required for logistic arrangement. You can register via email to: jenny@adfm.org.my   or  whatSapp to: 016 6082513, providing full name, email address, mobile contact, and indicate whether a family caregiver or care worker. 

Any questions, kindly call Jenny at 016 608 2513.


All family caregivers for persons living with dementia and older adults are encouraged to make time to attend this November Sharing Session.

Kind regards. 
ADFM National Caregivers Support Network 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Prevent Alzheimer’s? Yes, We Can! What did we learn at the Smith Lecture on Dementia?

Professor Emeritus A. David Smith of the University of Oxford has worked at the frontiers of neuroscience for more than 50 years.In particular he has been at the forefront of research into novel treatments and techniques for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. 

A packed audience sat enthralled as Emeritus Professor A. David Smith (University of Oxford, UK) spoke of his research into novel treatments and techniques for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia during the BRNZ Inaugural Public Lecture on 3 February 2016 sponsored by the Neurological Foundation and Brain Research New Zealand.

Then came this question from the audience:
“Can we prevent Alzheimer’s?”

“Yes, we can!” was Prof. Smith’s resounding reply.

Here’s How:



Prof. A. David Smith’s recommendations:

·                Stop smoking.
·                30 minutes of brisk exercise each day (enough to get you puffing and sweating).
·                If you have diabetes and/or high blood pressure, take drugs that effectively treat these.
·                Increase the Mediterranean elements of your diet, especially your 5+ a day of fruit and vegetables.
·                Eat fish once or more a week.
·                Watch your blood glucose.
·                Make sure your vitamin D and B12 status is good.
·                If you do have memory problems, get your homocysteine checked.  (Homocysteine is a common amino acid in your blood. You get it mostly from eating meat. High levels of it are linked to early development of heart disease. In fact, a high level of homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease. It's associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12, and folate, as well as renal disease.)
·                If it’s high, take B vitamins in consultation with your GP.
·                Keep mentally and socially active

Here’s Why

Prof. Smith cited, (among others), the Caerphilly Cohort Study.  Read the full study
Twenty-five years ago, 2,235 men between the ages of 45 and 59 agreed to take part in a longitudinal study.  They were tested again in 2013.

The group who had adopted these healthy behaviours:

·                Non-smoking
·                Consuming more than 3 portions of fruit / vegetables a day
·                Consuming less than 30% of calories as fat
·                Taking daily exercise
·                Drinking less than 3 units of alcohol per day

had a 64% lower risk of dementia.  It’s as simple as that!  (Visit the Neurological Foundation for a full coverage of Professor Smith’s presentation.)

Is Alzheimer’s inherited?
When asked if Alzheimer’s Disease is caused by our genes, Prof. Smith dispelled that myth.

‘Less than 1% of dementia cases are entirely genetic’.

About 20% of the population has common gene mutations (called susceptibility genes) which may slightly increase the risk of developing dementia, but in 99% of all cases, dementia does not have genetic causes.

Most common risk factors for dementia are NOT genetic. Here they are:

·                Age
·                Smoking
·                Mid-life high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity
·                Depression
·                Low social activity
·                Physical inactivity
·                Low education
·                Diabetes and high blood sugar
·                Low intake of omega-3 fatty acids
·                High blood homocysteine (due to low levels of B vitamins)

Here’s the best news! Dementia CAN be prevented.

Please find below links to an overview of Professor Smith's lecture on Dementia and his presentation.

1.   Click here for Professor Smith's presentation

2.   Click here for an overview of Professor Smith lecture


Science Note:

What’s the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of conditions that affect how well our brains work.

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease – which around two-thirds of people with dementia have.

The symptoms each person experiences depends on the parts of the brain that are affected. However, the most common dementia symptoms include changes in memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotions. These changes affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and interfere with their everyday lives.

Why does Alzheimer’s affect people differently?

QUESTION: Both my mother and my father-in-law suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. We’re told that they both seem to be at about the same point in the physical progression of the disease. But my father-in-law has remained fairly lucid, while my mother is more confused and forgetful. What could account for this?

Harvard Medical School’s Adviser gives the answer:

ANSWER: The tremendous number of nerve cells and connections between cells in a healthy brain provide a seemingly infinite capacity for processing information. It also provides a margin of safety in case some cells are damaged. In Alzheimer’s disease, however, the wholesale destruction of nerve cells eliminates this safety net, especially in the brain areas involved in memory and cognition.

But as you’ve noted, the disease doesn’t always affect people in the same way or with similar severity. Consider two older people with the same amount of Alzheimer’s disease–related plaques and tangles in their brains. One person has some memory miscues now and then, but continues to lead a relatively normal life. The other has the severe loss of memory and other cognitive deficits that typify Alzheimer’s disease.

Why the difference? One explanation is that they had differing amounts of cognitive reserve. Cognitive reserve can protect you from the effects of Alzheimer’s and other diseases that affect the brain.

Cognitive reserve can be thought of as having two parts, hardware and software. The hardware consists of brain cells, or neurons, and connections between those brain cells, which are called synapses. The theory is that people with more brain cells and synapses at their disposal are better able to maintain cognitive functions even after important brain cells are damaged.

The software is the brain’s capacity for finding alternative circuits and neural networks if disease or injury is blocking the usual ones. People’s cognitive abilities can stay roughly the same if their brains are adept at these workarounds.

Brain reserve capacity — the term sometimes used for the hardware — is, in large part, genetically determined. But the human brain is capable of generating new synapses and neurons throughout life, and the input of stimulating experiences has been shown to alter brain structure.

There is plenty of research to back up this idea. Brain scans of people learning to juggle show increases in the size of brain structures linked with the visual processing of movement. MRIs of the brains of London taxi drivers have shown that they have larger-than-normal posterior hippocampi, an area of the brain involved in spatial memory.

Formal educational achievement is an important factor, but virtually any mentally challenging or engaging activity seems to have a positive effect on cognitive reserve.

Some research has found that crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other “brain exercise” activities have a narrow effect: That is, if you do Sudoku puzzles, you become better at doing Sudoku puzzles and little else.

But a study showed that Sudoku and other puzzles also made older people more open to trying new things, so there’s still much more to be learned in this area.

Physical activity may be just as important as mental activity for brain health and building up cognitive reserve. Dozens of studies have shown it to have a pronounced effect, and aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up may be especially important.

Exercise seems to affect the brain directly, increasing the number of synapses and enhancing the action of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that make brain cell-to-brain cell communication possible. It also increases the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a “brain juice” protein that promotes the production of new brain cells and the survival of existing ones.

Physical activity also has indirect effects. If your heart and lungs are strong and healthy, more oxygen-rich blood will circulate to the brain. And exercise controls and reduces the risk of conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that can put brain cells in harm’s way.

For the brain and the rest of the body, the wisdom of Hippocrates may be as true today as it was 2,400 years ago: That which is used develops that which is not used, wastes away.

Start your brain training today!



(Sources:  Memory Foundation, 8 April 2012, Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, 3 February 2016))