An interactive community forum bringing awareness on Dementia to ageing Filipinos in Australia was held last 22 September 2018 at the Mt Druitt Hub.
Category: Mental Health
There has not been much talk about depression amongst Filipinos in Australia, until last month when a 34-year-old killed himself inside the family home in Plumpton NSW. Although it is now common knowledge among family friends, his name is being withheld to safeguard family privacy.
Everyone must face the fact that aging is an unavoidable part of life. Just like running water, it does not flow back. Such is life. Like your car slowly breaking down as years pass by. We must prepare for old age.
I ask for your support to publish the Community Visitors Scheme to help recruit interested bilingual volunteers who can visit elderly people in residential aged care homes (i.e. nursing homes and hostels) in Sydney metropolitan area.
As we age, most of us will find our short-term memory and ability to process new information “not what it used to be.” This is the cognitive equivalent of creaky knees — an inconvenient reminder that we’re getting older. Dementia, though, is something different. With dementia, multiple areas of thinking are compromised and the deficits […]
Imagine the fear in some elderly Filipina – perhaps your mother or aunt – when some well-meaning nursing staff tells them to “strip off and get in the shower.” Is this how they would normally bathe? In front of strangers? Imagine worse, if they strongly protest, maybe in their own language, and the nurse tries […]
Filipino communities across Sydney and in the Central Coast have welcomed the “Dementia Café” information sessions hosted by Ella Magallanes Martirez. At the end of each session, Ms Martirez is swamped by people seeking more information for themselves and their loved ones. “When people understand what dementia is and the services that are available, they […]