Treehouse coordinators Kathy and Tess were invited to present at the 10th World Congress on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in Osaka, Japan on the 30-31 May 2018.

The Treehouse has made a significant positive impact to the wellbeing of participants and their carers and Kathy and Tess were excited to be able to share an overview of the program and its outcomes with delegates at the congress. The presentation included results from recent evaluation demonstrating improvements including a decline in behaviours of concern, improved quality of life and overall ‘happiness’/less depression, increased oral intake, increased engagement with family and community and improved sleep patterns.

The presentation was well received and proved that Kyneton District Health is innovative and a leader in dementia care with many different countries showing interest in the program and its outcomes. Speakers at the conference presented on current research around prevention and treatment options – all verbalising that it is currently unlikely a cure or drug treatment option will be found in the near future. Speakers agreed that the world must focus on new ways of ‘managing’ dementia which is now a global crisis – whilst concurrently working on treatment and diagnosis research.

Presentations from Japan, Korea and Singapore were strongly focused around prevention, education and proactive healthcare showcasing innovative programs that promote diet, exercise and social lifestyle factors in slowing the onset of frailty that is closely linked with dementia diagnosis.

Kathy and Tess were thrilled to bring the Treehouse to an international forum, confirming our forward thinking approach to healthcare is meeting a global health need.