A new educational resource has been developed to boost the knowledge of care workers supporting people with younger onset dementia.

Researchers from Edith Cowan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery created the free toolkit in partnership with care and retirement living providers Bethanie and Mercy Health.

Edith Cowan University’s Dr Caroline Vafeas said the training tool would assist healthcare workers to tailor the care they provide to young people living with dementia.

“By providing links to resources and practical tips for caring, we hope this resource can help employed carers develop strategies to assist with meaningful care,” she said.

The e-flipbook incorporates pre- and post-knowledge tests, which will allow anyone who completes the book to be credited with professional development.

The interactive resource, which includes audio and video links, supports care workers to develop a deeper understanding of a wellness approach and identify person-centred strategies to improve the wellbeing of young people living with dementia.

The project has been funded by a grant from The Lovell Foundation, which was set up to raise awareness of younger onset dementia and the need for age appropriate services.

It is estimated around 25,000 Australians have younger onset dementia.

Download the resource from The Lovell Foundation.

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