The latest developments in dementia care

Shirley Law, head of learning and development at the Dementia Services Development Centre, explains how nurses can stay informed about the latest developments in dementia care.

I’m working in Adelaide in South Australia today, just after a conference in Perth where I was speaking about the ways employers can help nurses gain greater knowledge about dementia issues.

The conference theme was 'Global Communities Coming Together' and it was jointly organised by Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA). I spoke about how patients and their carers can often be confused by what they read about dementia in the media. Whether it is dietary advice or information about new medicines, they often turn to us as nurses to ask if what they are reading is true. For this reason alone, we need to be well informed.

Keeping up-to-date with the latest developments is a challenge because there is so much information out there. The other problem is that so much of what is useful