With Dementia Action Week 2021 in full swing, we'd like to share John's story with you.
About 4 years ago, John was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia. Although there are many things that have changed since his diagnosis, what remains the same is that John loves being social and staying active.
John is part of ACH Group’s NDIS Golf Group, which offers physical and mental health benefits to support him to live well with dementia.
Meet Jodie Roberts – ACH Group's Dementia Co-Design Manager who has been with ACH Group for 13 years.
Jodie loves that her role makes a difference in the quality of life for a person living with dementia and their carers. Her workday includes providing dementia behaviour support services at ACH Group's residential care homes, educating staff and families about best practice dementia care, and designing training content that is evidence-based, leading-edge and engaging.
Jodie shared, "I am extremely fortunate to work very closely with our customers, their families, and staff which keeps me connected to the experiences people have in residential care. I am then able to share their experiences with colleagues so that we can co-design products and services that meet those needs."
One thing about Jodie you may not know is she is an absolute car enthusiast, in particular Holden's and early model Commodores. Jodie and her husband belong to an SA car club and both drive matching white early Commodore station wagons!
What a wonderful way to start the week! Every Monday morning, Tai Chi enthusiast Brian leads a class for fellow residents at ACH Group's St Georges Court retirement living community. Tai Chi is a moving meditation and features slowed down martial arts movements. Brian and his wife have practiced and taught Tai Chi for 20 years, and after residents saw them practicing in their front yard the idea was sparked for classes to take place in St Georges' community hub. Brian said a core group of about 12 from St Georges and neighbouring retirement living communities attend the sessions. “Everyone in the session is really enjoying it. There are wonderful health benefits that come with Tai Chi - improving mobility, balance and general fitness,” he said. “The classes are free, I’m passionate about doing something for our community, and when the COVID-19 restrictions allow, we all enjoy a cup of tea after.” To learn more about ACH Group's retirement living communities visit: www.achgroup.org.au/retirement-living... See MoreSee Less