The Australian Government has acted decisively to protect lives and livelihoods with $311 billion in health and economic support which has been central to Australia’s world‑leading response to COVID‑19.
This Budget extends a range of COVID‑19 health response measures which continue to protect Australians’ health throughout the pandemic. These measures include support to continue access to telehealth, COVID‑19 testing and support for residential aged care (https://budget.gov.au/2021-22/content/covid.htm)
Dementia Australia welcomes the extraordinary commitment to dementia announced by the Government in tonight’s Federal Budget.
Dementia Australia Chair, Prof Graeme Samuel AC, said on behalf of the half a million people living with dementia and the 1.6 million people involved in their care Dementia Australia is extremely grateful for the $229.4 million allocated in this budget to dementia (https://www.dementia.org.au/about-us/media-centre/media-releases/governments-229m-investment-will-transform-dementia-care)
Dementia Australia also has several educational and entertaining virtual reality technology and Apps to deliver experiential learning aimed at increasing empathy (https://www.dta.com.au/the-virtual-forest/).
It has been a roller coaster event for many organizations dedicated to solving the increasing numbers of people susceptible and suffering from Onset Alzheimer’s. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6576071408886046720/
What makes us vulnerable to this disease, why people are diagnosed too late and the effects on family and economic burden has been unacceptable to cope with. I have taken care of patients with Dementia during my nursing clinical placements and I realized the dilemma of how difficult it is to manage a person with almost total loss of memory. How much more to the family who has just vanished or erased, unrecognizable faces came to visit her, felt like strangers…
Memory Chisel is focused on looking for answers since there is no cure yet for this deadly disease. We are into indicators of loss memory or incurring memory lapses by recreational memory testing and cognitive testing using App or Web based (https://www.clinicalomics.com/news-and-features/feasibility-study-finds-informative-digital-biomarkers-of-dementia). By answering some tests online we may measure data to compare results as well as we also conduct brain stimulation activities such as teaching online chess (https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-dementia-symptoms-types-and-diagnosis ).
Chess has the full capacity to activate the 4 lobes (frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital) of the brain by learning how to play the game of chess. Many scientific studies have already proven that chess can maximize your brain neuroplasticity (https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/12/2116/htm ). Being a chess master, I have not encountered an active chess player (club player, online chess, street chess and tournament player) with onset Alzheimer’s.
Neuroplasticity -the ability of the brain to rewire (http://theconversation.com/what-is-brain-plasticity-and-why-is-it-so-important-55967 ). The more our brain stimulates the more healthy our brain runs.
Covid19 pandemic has devastated the lives of people globally. We must move on, be strong to fight back and claim back our normal lives. Memory Chisel has Self-Care strategies to combat mental stressors due to lockdown and other mental issues cause by Covid19 pandemic.
Being the Founder of Memory Chisel as well as FIDE Chess Master/Chess Coach/Chess Author/Bachelor of Nursing Graduate – Western Sydney University (Mental Health). I encourage everyone of all ages to engage in physical exercise, start engaging in mental exercises such as playing chess. Also, do not forget to engage in social activities, healthy balanced diet, community engagements, and a power nap. The vehicle of man to live longer…lies on the brain’s commands. Memory Chisel’s platform aims to help the brain stay sharp…Happy to serve the community…. Founder/Coach/FM Jesse Noel Sales.