Ask Annie training app releases body language module to help workers

Dementia Australia has launched the latest module in the Ask Annie app, ahead of Aged Care Employee Day on Sunday, August 7.

The free body language module adds new content to the Ask Annie app – providing care workers with interactive, self-paced teaching modules, to refresh, strengthen and refine their skills. Download it here…

When verbal communication becomes difficult non-verbal communication such as body language becomes even more important.

Dr Cameron Camp, Center for Applied Reserach in Dementia, OHIO, USA

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said the new module will help care workers with positive interactions and develop trust through building their knowledge of body language and the impact body can have.

“Good communication in dementia care is critical. Being aware of our body language, and how it might be interpreted, and ensuring it is as positive as possible can help people living with dementia feel at ease, build trust and connect,” Ms McCabe said.

Body language is physical behaviour that is used to communicate a person’s thoughts and intentions.

“Facial expressions, body posture and even the personal space you provide can make all the difference to the experience of a person living with dementia during interactions in everyday settings – whether it be when eating a meal, or supporting them to have a shower,” Ms McCabe said.

“We’re very pleased to offer this as gifted content, in celebration of our aged care workforce,” Ms McCabe added.

Dementia Advocate Bobby Redman, Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee lives with dementia and says the app will be very useful in helping carers to be aware of their body language, which is so important, especially as language skills reduce.

“It is vital to remember that our senses are impacted by dementia – vision, hearing and touch all change, and we may experience things in a very different way,” Bobby said.

Dr Cameron Camp introducing the new module


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