RAD Monthly Newsletter - December

Welcome to the Recovery Approaches to Dementia (RAD) project monthly Newsletter for December 2016.

The RAD project builds upon popular Person Centered Care Principles. It has the underlying belief that individuals—despite serious mental health or physical health concerns— can regain and/or maintain a meaningful life.

Core recovery concepts are hope, personal responsibility, education, advocacy and support. It acknowledges the importance of working in partnership with the individual and their family about what is important to them, their wants and needs.

This project is running Dementia support groups for those living with dementia during 2017. These groups will consist of five structured groups and five social groups running throughout Term One (commencing 31st January 2017).

The RAD program also run training programs for local community groups and organisations. These groups are free and the RAD team will come to your venue. If your group would be interested in training, please contact us directly.

What’s happening with RAD?

We are quickly approaching the end of another year. To finish the year, both the Leeton and Wagga Wagga groups had their final get-togethers. The groups enjoyed a lovely morning tea at Kasey’s CAFÉ in Leeton and Thorne Street General Store in Wagga Wagga. The days were a success and enjoyed by everyone who attended.

RAD Groups in 2017

  • Registration forms are now available, for both the Support Program and the Education Program, should you be interested in attending the RAD groups next year, please register by mid January as this is when the RAD team will be confirming details of the programs.
  • The Centacare office will be closed from Friday 23 December at 4.30pm, re-opening on Monday 2nd January 2017. Staff for the RAD team will be available over January.

Australian Journal of Dementia

Recently the RAD project were provided an opportunity to present an article for the Australia Journal of Dementia. This article has recently been accepted and we have been asked to provide some photos to accompany our article. The photos provided consisted those from our recent Morning Tea in Wagga Wagga. Once the article has been published the RAD team will provide a copy with our newsletter next year. It is envisaged that this will be published in February.

Are you aware that you can access the RAD Program information online?

Centacare have a Webpage and a Facebook page where you can see all information that the RAD program provide including newsletters, Registration forms for both our support and training programs along with a range of programs provided by Centacare. Follow the links to see what information is available to you.

Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.