Connections for Life with Dementia

‘Connections for Life with Dementia’ is a collaborative research project bringing together expertise from the University of Wollongong with various community and industry partners, including people with dementia and their care partners. The purpose is to understand, support, and enhance social connections and quality of life for people with dementia in various care and community settings. As Blue Haven Care transitions to the new Kiama Aged Care Centre for Excellence (KACCOE) understanding and supporting residents is extremely important. This project will use various creative and engaging methods to bring together staff, care partners and residents with (or at risk of) dementia to support connections and quality of life as they make this transition.

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Research team

This project is being conducted by Dr Lyn Phillipson (University of Wollongong), Dr Louisa Smith (University of Wollongong), Paul van den Dolder (Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District), Dr Luise Lago (University of Wollongong), Dr Montse Ros (University of Wollongong), Nick Guggisberg (Kiama Municipal Council),  Kara Cappetta (University of Wollongong), Kishan Karripanon (University of Wollongong), Clare Rogers (Blue Haven), Dale Wakefield (Blue Haven), Dennis Frost (Southern Dementia Advisory Group), and Lynda Henderson (Southern Dementia Advisory Group).


This project is funded by the University of Wollongong (Global Challenges) and Blue Haven.




Dr Louisa Smith                                             Dr Lyn Phillipson                                   Kishan Karripanon