Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #12 December 2016 Dear Reader, Better late than never. It's been a while since our last issue and as usual

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Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #12 December 2016

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Dear Reader,

Better late than never. It's been a while since our last issue and as usual I've been flat out running workshops both locally and interstate, which has left me with little time to do anything else. I hope to be back on track next year and publish this newsletter on a regular basis.

In this issue we've listed our 2017 schedule of public workshops from February to July.

Have an enjoyable holiday and a happy new year!

Chris Bennett
Chris Chi

Mistaken Identity


You know you're old when this happens.

I was waiting for residents to arrive for our regular Chair Chi session, when a person came up to me and identified herself as a Quality Assurance Officer. She asked if I would participate in a survey and I said yes.

And what was the first question she asked me? ...

'What is your room number?'

I said, 'No, I'm not a resident. Not yet anyway'.

Outside Inside


A very interesting article on how 'one man turned nursing home design on its head'

Jean Makesh, CEO of Lantern, created an environment indoors that looks just like outside, in order to help residents cope better with dementia and Alzheimer's.

See it here. Very clever!

Aged Care YouTube Clips


Quando Quando
Watch a father (who has Alzheimers) sing a song with his son in a car. Pure joy.

And here's a wonderful update on that story. The video of Ted and his son Simon singing in the car went viral ... and led to a record contract for Ted!

New Doors for Residents
An innovative idea to help residents find their rooms and feel more at home by redesigning their doors. Check out the photographs of the 'before and after' doors and the video clip at the end of the article.

'How Norah, 4, and Mr Dan, 82, Became Best Friends'
Couldn't resist this one. A beautiful and inspiring clip.

2017 Public Workshops: February - July



Melbourne: 27, 28 Feb
Hamilton: 28,29 March
Morwell: 10,11 April
Geelong: 15,16 May
Ballarat: 22,23 May
Horsham: 30,31 May
Echuca: 19,20 June
Wodonga: 3,4 July

New South Wales
Canberra: 6,7 March
Sydney: 13,14 March

Western Australia
Perth: 3,4 April

South Australia
Adelaide: 1,2 May

Hobart: 5,6 June

Brisbane 26,27 June


20, 21 March

Chair Chi Training Video Clip


Our short Chair Chi Training promo clip was filmed at Bupa Donvale here in Melbourne.

You can watch it here.