DEMENTIA was in the spotlight at an educational forum in Bendigo this week.
Dementia Care Australia CEO Jane Verity presented Spark of Life: Pioneering Approach to Dementia at St Andrews Uniting Church Hall on Wednesday.
"We must have had around 80 people attend," she said.
"It was a wonderful event organised by Uniting AgedWell Strath-Haven Community Support Services. There were people coming from so many many different places in the rural area around Bendigo.
"It was a beautiful combination of both family carers and people working in the community and community care.
"We also had staff working in residential care, in aged care."
Ms Verity said participants were introduced to a new parodyme in dementia care.
"The really exciting thing for the participants was they were introduced to a really new and exciting philosophy which enables rehabilitation and what we call re-mentia," she said.
"It is very exciting because re-mentia means the recovery of lost abilities ... "
Strath-Haven spokeswoman Patty O'Donoghue said people traveled to Bendigo from Ouyen, Donald, Mildura and Wodonga for the event.
"The feedback from the event has proven the desire and need to bring age care training and education to central Victoria," she said.
"Uniting AgedWell Strath-Haven organised and sponsored this event not really knowing what the response would be. We were inundated with phone calls and the 100 seats quickly filled.
"This an exciting start to Uniting AgedWell Strath-Haven’s plans for an educational program to provide training and education not only to our staff, carers and volunteers but to open it up to other facilities as we did at the event ... we will apply for funding to continue the program for the central Victorian community."