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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

the latest in the series- It's not a disgrace...it's dementia - Spanish

It's not a disgrace...it's dementia, is a short film to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about dementia within the Spanish-speaking community. The film features carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition and stress the importance of seeking help early. This film has been produced by Alzheimer's Australia NSW, with thanks to the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) and Family and Community Services. It was produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.

This is a new short film for the Spanish-speaking community designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition - and not a normal part of ageing – has been launched via YouTube.

This is the latest in a series of films aimed at several non-English speaking communities in Australia to help de-stigmatise and promote awareness of the condition. The Hon. John Watkins, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, said the short films in the It’s not a disgrace…it’s dementia series addressed myths and stigma about dementia and the importance for families to seek support within their local service network. “If people recognise dementia as a distinct medical condition, they may be more encouraged to seek out advice, assessment and support” Mr Watkins said. “Those in the series that are already on our YouTube channel have proven to be very popular, having collectively been viewed more than 3,500 times by internet users in Australia and also around the world, in countries as diverse as Iraq, Sweden, Costa Rica and Cambodia. “This demonstrates the real need for information about dementia out there in the community.”

The short films feature carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition.
“The short films are family friendly resources in dementia awareness and are available in Spanish, Assyrian, Croatian, Khmer and Ukrainian,” Mr Watkins said. The language-specific films are about 15 minutes in length and have English subtitles.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It’s not a disgrace ... it’s dementia - Croatian [DVD] To nije sramota ... to je demencija - Hrvatska

This documentary was produced by Why Documentaries with assistance and advice from the Illawarra Ethnic Communities Council Inc, and Multicultural Health Service.
Production coordinator Michelle Basic

English subtitles - Ova prezentacija je napravljena sa ciljem podizanja svijesnosti,smanjenja sramote i uklanjanja izmisljotina o demenciji unutar Hrvatske zajednice. U ovom DVD-u njegovatelji oboljelih od demencije,zdravstveni i socijalni strucnjaci iz Hrvatske zajednice, govore o nekim uzrocnicima demencije i kako demencija djeluje na pamcenje,ponasanje i um. Njegovatelji i njihovi savjetnici govore o napretku demencije i svi naglasavaju vaznost sto ranijeg trazenja pomoci. 

This DVD is also available at the Alzheimer's Australia NSW library, members email nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's not a disgrace it's dementia 'Arabic' Teaser

click on link to watch "teaser" http://vimeo.com/25272666

A multilingual DVD series portraying the daily reality of dementia has won the grand award at the prestigious National Multicultural Marketing Awards.
The DVD It’s not a disgrace – its dementia, produced by Why Documentaries for the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, beat off competition from top-line marketing professionals around the nation to win the 21st annual award.
NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally and Minister for Citizenship, John Hatzistergos both attended the gala dinner in Sydney organized by the Community Relations Commission of NSW.
Congratulating the winner of the grand award, the Chair of the Commission, Stepan Kerkyasharian, who founded the Awards in 1990, said:
“This is impressive work on a very sensitive and serious issue. It seems that those skills which many clever Australians have developed to market goods and services in a multicultural market have been put to wonderful use in helping us all to accept and understand dementia, as something we can manage.
“Not only are we a multicultural society, we are an ageing multicultural society. Many people who migrated here in the Fifties, for example, will already be at an advanced age.
“We need to know how to take care of these pioneers, especially those who took on the hard work of building this nation’s economy in the Snowy Mountain Scheme, in the steel works and on the land growing sugar, tobacco and grapes.
“This DVD series acknowledges that in understanding and dealing with dementia, cultural factors do come into play.
“Each of the productions, in Portuguese, Serbian, Arabic and Ukrainian, were filmed entirely in the community language and that, of course, immediately inserts the cultural variants into the discussion.
“Dementia sufferers tell their own stories and they are backed up by family carers, bilingual doctors, specialists, health workers, religious leaders and community care-professionals.
“The discs deal with cultural understanding and traditions in relation to ageing. Even taboo subjects such as curses and superstitions are discussed, in an attempt to demystify the illness and bring greater understanding and acceptance within individual communities.
“This is a fantastic job of communication at a very professional level, for little money”, Mr Kerkyasharian said.
“What we are creating here to meet the needs of people from specific cultural backgrounds will probably also work in the home country, or in other places where there is a community of that background. That means we can export our ideas and our solutions. We know that some of that has happened in the case of AIDS prevention work.
“The Illawarra Multicultural Communities Council is already looking at export opportunities. Full marks must go to them as a community organisation in a regional area for doing a thoroughly professional marketing task which takes multicultural marketing well beyond simple translations of a brochure written in English”, Mr Kerkyasharian concluded.

Ukrainian - Translated Help Sheets in pdf format. Advice, common sense tips and strategies on the most common issues

Serbian - Translated Help Sheets in pdf format. Advice, common sense tips and strategies on the most common issues.

Telephone Interpreter Service
What is dementia? (PDF)
Diagnosing dementia  (PDF)
Early planning (PDF)
Changed Behaviours  (PDF)  
Communication  (PDF)
Taking a break  (PDF)

Portuguese - Translated Help Sheets in pdf format. Advice, common sense tips and strategies on the most common issues

Telephone Interpreter Service
Diagnosing dementia  (PDF)
Early planning  (PDF)
Taking a break (PDF)
Memory Changes (PDF)     
Worried about your memory? An early signs brochure (PDF)