Two Rocks: free dementia presentation


Bianca Briggs (Heart to Heart Connections) and Maree Pilling (Transpersonal Art Therapist). Picture: Martin Kennealey
Bianca Briggs (Heart to Heart Connections) and Maree Pilling (Transpersonal Art Therapist). Picture: Martin Kennealey

A TWO ROCKS resident will hold a free presentation on dementia for carers at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre on Tuesday.

Heart to Heart Connections founder Bianca Briggs has partnered with Carers WA for another workshop on April 12 workshop, which will include an overview of dementia.

The workshop will also cover how to tell people about a diagnosis, behavioural changes, support services and financial support.

DEMENTIA PRESENTATION

When: Wednesday, April 12

Time: 10am-noon

Where: Phil Renkin Recreation Centre, Lisford Avenue, Two Rocks

Cost: free, with light refreshments provided

RSVP: call 1300 227 377 or email events@carerswa.asn.au by April 7.

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Heart to heart connections to be made

JOONDALUP art therapist Maree Pilling will run an ‘art expressions’ series of workshops with Heart to Heart Connections for people with dementia this month.

“The participants in my art expression programs are able to express themselves in ways that are meaningful to them,” she said.

“There is no requirement for artistic ability; the art making process offers the participant an invitation to play and experiment with varied art mediums and techniques.

“Previously, when presenting a six week program within aged care for those living with dementia, I witnessed the joy and connection of all whilst engaging in this art making.

“One particular participant while explaining his painting reminisced about a rather exciting adventure from his youth.

“This had a flow-on effect and encouraged others to share stories from their own earlier days.”

The April 24-May 15 course, which costs $200 per person, will culminate in an exhibition of the art created on May 22.

Heart to Heart Connections founder Bianca Briggs said the workshops were one of the programs she offered to support people with dementia and their carers.

“I also hold ‘memorable morning teas’ every three months in the community for people living with dementia and their supportive partners, the next one being in June,” she said.

“This is where many people living in the community get great information from each other about accessing services and supporting each other.

“Also in June, I will be having a ‘delightful day out’ for people living with dementia and their supportive partners to the Taxidermy Museum in Midland.”

Mrs Briggs said people could use their consumer directed care (CDC) funding to help cover the costs of the activities.

“I am also working with a lot of people living in the community who are trying to understand CDC and how the new system works,” she said.

“This involves profiling the individuals or couples, and then working with them on how to do this best, bringing in other professionals as needed.”

For more information, visit www.heart2heartconnections.live or call 0472 604 741.