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Dementia

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Tip sheets for assessing dementia and depression in Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.

The Assessment of Older People with dementia and depression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A review of current practice and the development of guidelines for Victorian Aged Care Assessment Services is a project that sought to improve assessment practice of Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) for CALD clients in relation to dementia and depression. A range of tip sheets were developed to guide ACAS clinicians in their day to day practice.

Tip sheets are available below.

Tip Sheet 1 - Assessment and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds pdf (532 Kb)

Tip Sheet 2 - Working with Interpreters pdf (512 Kb)

Tip Sheet 3 - Cognitive assessment and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background pdf (508 Kb)

Tip Sheet 4 - The Clock Drawing Test (CDT) pdf (475 Kb)

Tip Sheet 5 - The IQCODE (Short form) pdf (557 Kb)

Tip Sheet 6 - The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) -15 pdf (1100 Kb)

For further information about the tip sheets and the project, contact Betty Haralambous (03) 8387 2331 or Freda Vrantsidis (03) 8387 2596 or click here.

Resources for GPs and the Community related to dementia and depression, including planning and management and service and carer information (in English, Chinese and Vietnamese).

People of diverse cultural backgrounds often present late for diagnosis of dementia resulting in unmet needs for the patients and their families. To address this, NARI conducted a project titled: Improving dementia detection rates in older Asian communities - An education program to improve referral to Memory Services for older people of Asian background living in Melbourne.

As part of the project, NARI developed a community-based education program to improve early dementia detection rates of older Chinese and Vietnamese speaking people living in Melbourne. As part of the education program, two resource packs were developed, one for GPs and health professionals and the other for the community. These packs were based on findings from a literature review and community consultations.

Resources include information and links to existing fact sheets about:

Dementia, depression, anxiety disorder, and PTSD

Early Planning and Management Options

Information for Carers

Service information

To access these resources click here.

For further information about the project, contact Betty Haralambous (03) 8387 2331 or Jean Tinney (03) 8387 2601 or click here.

Indigenous Cognitive Assessment: KICA Assessment Tool Victoria, Phase 1.

The original KICA is an instrument to assess dementia in older aborigines in remote settings. The modified tool (KICA Regional Urban) is available here for download and was developed for Urban and Regional Victorian settings, although it should also be appropriate for use in Urban and Regional settings Australia-wide. Also available for download here are updated pictures to accompany the modified tool.

KICA Regional urban (cognitive section) - download pdf (233 kb)

KICA Reg Urban Pictures updated - download pdf (860 kb)

KICA Reg Urban Alt guitar picture - downloadpdf (98 kb)

Please note that though face and content validity have been assessed, the tool is still undergoing further validation. For more information, click here to visit the research study. Alternatively, contact Steve Savvas (phone: 03 8387 2465).

Also available for download is the report that outlines the development of the KICA Regional Urban tool (Phase 1 Final Report) - download pdf (528 kb)