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Prescription for Life: Supporting Those Living with Younger Onset Dementia

Prescription for Life: Supporting those living with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD), is a partnership project between The Lovell Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Mercy Age and Community Care Ltd and The Bethanie Group. The goal of this resource is to enable you to enhance the wellbeing for those living with Younger Onset Dementia and their families and support the philosophy of 'living' well with dementia.

This interactive educational resource has been developed for paid/unpaid carers of people living with YOD. The resource has been made possible thanks to the generosity of The Lovell Foundation and The Trevor Mast Research Scholarship.

Prescription for Life, developed in 2016 and updated in 2020, is an interactive talking book that focuses on a well-being approach, with links to videos, audio and practical tips to help carers develop strategies to provide meaningful care. It seeks to give readers a basic understanding of the types of dementia, an understanding of the wellness approach when caring for someone living with YOD, and how to identify person-centred strategies to improve care.

On completion of this resource you will have a deeper understanding of how to support someone who is living with dementia, diagnosed under the age of 65, who lives at home or in the community, or attending community-based support services, or living in a residential supported environment.

Accessing the resource

The Prescription For Life resource is freely available to health care workers and the general public.

Related articles

Vafeas, C., Jacob, E., & Jacob, A. (2018). A younger onset dementia toolkit: Innovative practice. Dementia, 19(4). https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217738402

Vafeas, C., & Jacob, E. (2017). Prescription for life. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. 24(7), 41
https://issuu.com/australiannursingfederation/docs/anmj_feb_2017_issuu

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