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Michael Preston
Michael Preston Jan 19, 2020

Hearts of gold

Three years ago I walked into a memory support facility in Gerringong NSW. I had recently moved to the area with my partner from Tasmania and had graduated with a degree in dementia from the University of Tasmania the year before. So I was eager to specialise in an area I had become passionate about over the past three years.  From the moment I stepped into the door, I was greeted by smiling faces, from the manager to staff...
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Michael Preston

Michael Preston

Graduate Dementia Care Specialist

Michael is a trained and qualified aged carer with the Australian Nursing federation. In 2015 Michael graduated from the University of Tasmania with a degree in dementia care. Since then he has completed post graduate studies in Arts & dementia & Creativity in Ageing in March 2017. Michael now works in a memory support facility in Gerringong, where he uses music, arts, drama and laughter therapy for a range of people living with dementia. Michael is also a member of the Kiama Dementia-Friendly Alliance, and received a Churchill Fellowship. Since July 2016 he has been the Kiama Dementia Friendly Project Officer, and he is a member of the Blue Haven Advisory group.

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Michael Preston
Michael Preston Dec 11, 2019

What a difference a party can make

I recently attended a Christmas party for the residents of a memory support unit where I work. The day was like any other Christmas party with a festive live music band, decorations on the walls and tables set for the special meal. The kitchen was a hive of activity, where food platters were being produced. For all intents and purposes, any outsider would perceive that this was a group of elders enjoying a Christmas gathering. All behaviours had ceased, residents...
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Michael Preston
Michael Preston Jul 14, 2017

The Three ‘C’s in Dementia

In my experience there are three C’s in dementia, the first one being Compassion, this word has two levels; the first one is obviously the one that every person caring for a person living with dementia must have and that is passion. Passion is defined as having an overwhelming, powerful compelling emotion that can describe the daily life of a caregiver everywhere; because they certainly are not doing the job for the money which is less than you would earn...
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Michael Preston Jul 7, 2017

Four Letter Words in Aged Care

I use so many four letter words where I work; caring for people living with dementia, but not the ones you are thinking about right now. People who share their lives with us come to LIVE not die; the staff endeavour to make every day special during the TIME we spend with them making every moment count with laughter and humour. I recall when asking my grandmother of 83 what she would like for her forthcoming birthday and she responded...
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