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Sexual expression is a part of life no matter what age we are and therefore older people living with dementia also need to be considered. In an aged care context, this can be a confronting and challenging issue for service providers and health professionals.
Responses can be reactive rather than proactive, with many staff not knowing what to do. There are beliefs that older people are asexual, and that sexual needs and behaviour is only for those who are “cognitively intact”. There can also be a lack of regard for non-heterosexual people living with dementia.
There is no singular orthodox approach in responding to sexual behaviour in people living with dementia. However, we should empower them in their own decision-making process as much as possible. This workshop aims to increase awareness and understanding of sexuality among people living with dementia.
- Date March 7, 2019
- Time from 09:00 AM
- Time to 04:00 PM
- Location / Region Queensland
- Asset Type Workshop
- Learning Pathway Inquiry, Implementation
- Topic Areas Dementia (general), Responsive Behaviours, Sexualities, Leadership
- Target Audience Residential Aged Care, In Home or Community-Based Care, Hospital
- Target Occupations Nursing, Allied Health & Care Support, Nurse Specialist, Registered Nurse, Practice Nurse, Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, Assistant in Nursing, Student Nurse, Psychologist, Social Worker, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Leisure / Lifestyle / Recreational / Diversional Therapist, Personal Care Worker
- Target Populations Anyone with Dementia, LGBTIQ
- Event Flyer Sexualities-Dementia-Flyer-07.03.18.pdf
- Knowledge Translation Thinking, Doing
- Registration Phone 07 3138 3822
- KT Survey Date Range July to October 2019
Dr Cindy Jones
Dr. Cindy Jones is an Assistant Professor of Behavioural Sciences at Bond University and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Her research work focuses social and behavioural science research relating to older people, particularly the alleviation of behavioural and psychological symptoms in people living with dementia. Her work examines the effectiveness of innovative health technology (e.g. telepresence and therapeutic/social robots) and psychosocial interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and their family carers; and to enhance care provision by health professionals in aged care. One of her significant work relates to the improvement of knowledge, attitudes and care practices of health professionals towards the expression of sexuality by people living with dementia to enable the facilitation of a care environment that is supportive of the verbalisation and expression of sexual preference, need and desire by people living with dementia. This work is developed around the key areas of knowledge translation and workforce training and development. In 2013, Dr. Jones has developed the Sexualities & Dementia: An Online Education Resource for Health Professional, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing via the Dementia Training Australia. Dr Jones has since been the leading educator on sexualities and dementia in Australia (a neglected aspect of care for people with dementia).
- Understand the importance of expression of sexuality for a person with dementia
- Develop understanding of sexualities for people living with dementia and the challenges for health professionals and service providers
- Increase awareness about the sexual risks to people with dementia
- Enhance knowledge regarding the rights for persons with dementia to make decisions about sexualities, intimacy and physical relationships
- Increase awareness and understanding of the intimate and sexual needs of person with dementia
- Foster Agreement with principles of care which value persons with dementia and intimacy preferences
- Enable adoption of knowledge into practice via practical tools and strategies in place
7 continuing development hours (CPD)
Please click on the link to register your attendance online via event arc. Please note once registered you will receive a confirmation/registration ticket. Please print and bring along to the event
Phone: 07 3138 3822
- Registrations Open: 21 Dec 2018
- Registrations Close: 21 Feb 2018
Surfers Paradise QLD, Australia