Dementia Care, Australia
Title: A new whole systems approach to rehabilitation in dementia
Biography: Jane Verity
The Spark of Life Philosophy provides an internationally awarded whole systems approach to rehabilitation in dementia care. Initially developed in Australia this philosophy is now implemented in 9 countries and is gaining momentum and interest around the world. The award (from the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing) was giving in recognition for thernunique focus on building the strength and abilities of people with dementia and those who care for them. The philosophy has been well researched and is based on sound scientific foundations. Specific outcomes include: the activation of dormant abilities such asrnlanguage, memory, ability to socialize and interest in engaging in life. The author who is the Founder of Spark of Life and CEO of Dementia Care Australia will provide a leadership perspective of how this philosophy is implemented as a whole systems approachrnand how this rehabilitation mindset is both empowering and providing a financially sustainable model for dementia care across thernglobe. The presentation will be brought alive with documentary footage showing people with dementia involved in this program asrnwell as research findings and case studies.