New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters
AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters.
But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires?
A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster.
Centacare’s dementia strategy manager Ann Donaghy describes as “simply brilliant” the Preparing for a Natural Disaster eBook, written in partnership with the Red Cross.
“It’s colourful, easy to read, and just a few minutes spent planning ahead can save a life in a critical situation,” she said.
“With so many people living with dementia in their own homes there are some simple but critical tasks that carers can undertake like cleaning leaves from roof gutters… and many more besides.”
More than 425,000 Australians live with dementia, and in a country beset by natural disasters, the new eBook is a valuable tool….
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