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Easy-to-understand guide to dementia


A digital talking book that provides information on dementia in plain English aims to make information about dementia more accessible to the general community.

The Information on Dementia in English talking book, developed by service provider Bolton Clarke in collaboration with Dementia Australia, is a multi-media resource that can be viewed or listened to on a computer, mobile phone or tablet.

It is the seventh in a series of publications that support health literacy across diverse client groups, and was co-designed with support from Alfred Health, Dementia Australia clients and carers, the Care Connect Aboriginal Social Support Group in Laverton, Victoria and the Balee Aboriginal Social Support Group in Hastings, Victoria.

Bolton Clarke’s diversity manager Jaklina Michael said the resource, which involved 12 months of consultation, was designed to be accessible to everyone, including people with low general literacy and vision impairment.

“The resource is designed for people who have concerns about memory issues or have recently had a dementia diagnosis and their families and carers,” she said.

The talking book covers topics such as diagnosis, dementia and communication, dementia and behaviour, self-care information for people with dementia, safety, how to support people with dementia with daily tasks, driving and travel and planning for the future.

Information on Dementia in English presents information on how to look after yourself in a way that is easy to understand,” said Ms Michael.

The information in the talking book draws on Dementia Australia help sheets, which are also available in multiple languages.

Bolton Clarke’s other digital talking books include Information on Dementia in Vietnamese, co-designed with Vietnamese groups in Melbourne, Information on Medicines in English and Information on Diabetes in Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Macedonian.

Download the plain English dementia resource here.

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