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An innovative multi-media programme to raise awareness about dementia in people from multicultural communities was launched in Melbourne on February 22.
Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath, Director Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute said Moving Pictures was a critical step forward in helping people from CALD backgrounds understand more about dementia and the services that are available.
Improving the understanding of dementia and access to care for people in Chinese, Indian and Arab communities, is the focus of a series of short films funded by the Morrison Government.
NARI researchers are looking to develop a model where befrienders can, through their volunteer work, reduce the all too commonly found conditions of depression and anxiety in aged care residents.
Professor Doyle from the National Ageing Research Institute describes the benefits of befriending through companionship.