People with a Christian background who live with dementia have not been forgotten this Easter.

28-Mar-2018 12:00 PM

A new suite of spiritual resources has just been released, specifically designed to enable people with dementia to engage in their faith, particularly at important times such as Easter and Christmas.


 'Faith for life: Biblical resources for people with dementia' was launched by HammondCare Media and Bible Society Australia at St Andrew’s Cathedral last week and already the resources are being used around the countr.
 
HammondCare's Head of Pastoral Care, Rev Andrew Nixon, said he was astounded by the quality and practicality of ‘Faith for life’, the first of its kind in Australia.
 
“It is long overdue to have a Bible-based resource to help people living with dementia to grow and be encouraged in their spiritual life,” Rev Nixon said.
 
Pastoral Care worker Lois Haultain worked closely with people with dementia and their families as part of the development of ‘Faith for life’.
 
“Although dementia is a disease of the brain, it’s not a disease of the heart and the spirit,” Lois said.
 
“There is so much about faith that isn’t about adding cognitive knowledge, it’s about being reminded of who God is.”
 
Dianne Watson was one family member who with her late mother Margaret was involved in piloting ‘Faith for life’ resources.
 
As her mother’s dementia advanced, Dianne found it more difficult to bring spiritual encouragement and was looking for “something that could take me through all of the special promises that she might recognise and remember, even though she couldn’t say she did.”
 
‘Faith for life’ resources are available from faithforlife.com.au and Koorong. Six resources have so far been completed, using research-based design principles, and several more are in development.

Caption: Authors of Faith For Life: Rebecca Forbes, Linda Barclay, Dana Gruben & Ben Boland.
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HammondCare is a leading not-for-profit provider of dementia and palliative care and research. HammondCare Media is the publishing arm, producing evidence-based books and resources covering dementia, aged care, pain, palliative care and leadership.
 
Bible Society Australia is part of the United Bible Societies, a global network across 200 countries and territories. Its work includes providing resources, Bible-focused campaigns and community programs as well as publishing, literacy development and youth Bible engagement.
 
FOR REVIEW COPIES, PHOTOS AND TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORS OR FAMILIES WHO HELPED DEVELOP  FAITH FOR LIFE – PLEASE CONTACT PETER HALLETT- M: 0418 532 585 E: phallett@hammond.com.au