Australian Capital Territory
A special presentation on Dementia and Dementia Care - By Dr Sarah Cope
A special recording of Dr Sarah Cope on her presentation on Dementia and Dementia Care for Dementia Action Week - 21 to 27 Sep 2020
More than 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. Although projection methods vary, the number of people with dementia is projected to triple between 2011 and 2050, to reach around 900,000 (in Australia), or 131.5 million worldwide by 2050.
September is Dementia Awareness Month and from 21-27 September 2020 it is Dementia Action Week.
AAG are proud to present this special presentation on Dementia and Dementia Care by Dr Sarah Cope. Sarah was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Canberra and previous secretary of the ACT AAG Division in 2016-17. Sadly in 2018, she passed away at the age of 44 after experiencing with the illness for just over two years. Sarah was well known for her energy and passion for aged care nursing by all she taught and interacted with.
This lecture was provided as an introduction into Dementia and Dementia Care for undergraduate nursing students. It is a small testament to her enthusiasm and skills in the topic. As a sit down online lecture it doesn’t show her singing and dancing which were sometimes a feature of her lectures, to the surprise and delight of many students.
Thank you to Sarah’s husband Ian for allowing AAG to present her lecture during Dementia Action Week 2020.
About Sarah (words provided By Dr Kasia Bail – ACT Division Chair 2017-2019
A vibrant woman, admired by those around her, she was a champion for the vulnerable - with a particular passion for improving ageing and dementia care.
Sarah received her Doctoral Degree in 2016 from QUT (her PhD on people with dementia who wander was her proudest achievement), before relocating to the University of Canberra as an Assistant Professor in Nursing with the Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Sarah was immensely proud to be a member of the Discipline of Nursing team, she taught in the area of mental health and her research specialised in caring for older people. Sarah dedicated her career in nursing to enhancing the care of older people in our society, notably through her work as Dementia Practice Lead at Uniting.
Sarah will long be remembered for her whirlwind energy, sense of humour and infectious laugh. She was a lover of hot rod cars, horse riding, vintage fashion, Doc Marten boots, tattoos, family, and her husband, Ian. Her signature colour was bright red and her colleagues often wear red in her remembrance.
Sarah died in 2019, leaving an inspiring legacy for colleagues, loved ones and friends, who remember and honour her larger-than-life drive, devotion and passion.
“Sarah just shone when she talked about nursing and radiated a sincere desire to improve the quality of care and the quality of life of residents….She had a down-to-earth authenticity, and a million ideas that came rushing out all at once, delivered with a great smile….She understood that undertaking further education was one path to improve the lives of people with dementia.” Words of Dr Beattie. (AAG’s 2015 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow).
Television news coverage of the Dr Cope Memorial can be viewed here:
This is a free event
Event Date & Time: 21 to 27 September 2020
Event Location: Online, NATIONAL
Registrations Open: 7th Aug 20 12:00 AM
Registrations Close: 31st Dec 20 11:59 PM
This event was specifically for Dementia Action Week 2020 but due to the generosity of the Cope family we have been able to keep this open until the end of the year.
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