Small Acts of Love
A National Symposium on Dementia and Love
13th – 15th February 2017, Mechanics Institute Ballarat, Victoria
About the Symposium
Small Acts of Love is presented by Celebrate Ageing in partnership with the Australian Association of Gerontology and with the support of Alzheimer's Australia Vic. It will explore the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia and critique romantic ideals of love to explore both the challenges and joys of love.
The focus on love draws on the National Framework for Action on Dementia and the Guide to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community developed by Alzheimer’s Australia. These documents outline the importance of ensuring that people with dementia are valued and respected. They also highlight the right to dignity, choice and quality of life with meaning and purpose. The Symposium responds to these documents by presenting strategies for service providers and community members to enact these important principles.
The Symposium presents love as a common ground we all share and demonstrates the ways in which focusing on love can help ensure people with dementia are valued and respected. Love is a powerful emotion in our lives – everyone experiences it, it gives life and makes us human. Exploring the concept of love is a powerful way of empowering service providers and community members to look beyond the disease of dementia - to recognise personhood. Symposium delegates will be guided through an understanding of the significance of love and how small acts of love can transform the lives of people with dementia.
The Symposium will feature the perspectives of people with dementia, their family and friends; including Christine and Paul Bryden, Virginia Hunder Sampson (USA), Anne Tudor and Edie Mayhew. Presentations will cover:
- intimate relationships
- family dynamics
- service delivery
- gender roles, identity and expression
- dementia-friendly communities
- sense of place and belonging.
Symposium workshops will enable delegates to explore a range of practical approaches addressing dementia and love to focus on:
- improving quality of life for people with dementia
- respecting the capabilities of people with dementia
- building sense of community and belonging
- providing opportunities for emotional expression
- suspending judgement.
Included in registration
- Book launch and exhibition: Monday 13th February 6.00 – 7.30pm, Ballarat Library
- Full day Symposium: Tuesday 14th 9.00 – 5.00pm and Wednesday 15th 9.00 am – 5.00pm
- Valentine’s Day Picnic
- Dementia and Love Tool Kit.