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A walk to remember

21 September 2020 is National Alzheimer’s Day. This day is particularly important to the Bethanie team, as it is a chance to challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

In Western Australia alone, over 42,900 people live with dementia.

This day creates an opportunity for those living with dementia, and their families and carers, to further advocate for more information to support dementia-friendly communities.

As part of the many therapy activities that are initiated across all Bethanie Aged Care Homes to support those residents living with dementia, Occupational Therapist Ellen Dewhurst has arranged a ‘Walk to Remember’ with the residents at Bethanie Subiaco.

Ellen said the sensory activity would be a unique and lovely experience for residents.

“Residents and staff will walk around Bethanie’s beautiful gardens, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, the flowers, the fishpond and other surrounds,” Ellen said.

The ‘Walk to Remember’ will provide a genuine opportunity to connect with memories that may be stimulated by their senses, such as the warmth from the sun or the smell of the flowers in the garden.

Resident’s will be encouraged to bring along treasured objects they may have collected in the past. This will inspire discussion and enable residents to reminisce and share their stories with each other.

Ellen said sensory activities within therapy care plans for those living with dementia were important.

“Memories that are evoked through the senses allow people to engage more fully with the activity. This promotes feelings of security, comfort and improves overall well-being,” she said.

“Those who live with dementia may often find it difficult to connect with others, and often find it hard to properly express themselves.”

The ‘Walk to Remember’ will encourage residents and staff alike to extend conversations with each other, ask more engaging questions and promote meaningful interactions with the aim of stimulating memories from their life.

Bethanie takes a person-centred approach to caring for those who live with dementia.

In understanding the individual on a more personal level, the team provide a better quality of care tailored to their needs.

To learn more about the individualised and meaningful dementia care provided by the team at Bethanie, please see our website:

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