Beverley Giles OAM, FCNA, is an Independent Care Consultant and Educator, specialising in creative ageing and the art and skill of caring for people affected by dementia
Beverley promotes a proactive approach to ageing and dementia, focussed around prevention and active resistance to avoidable decline.
She has held consultation and training positions at a national level; managed a dementia specific facility and has created and presents dementia specific training modules, from basic to tertiary level.
Her advice has been central to the design and set up, of state of the art care facilities for people living with dementia, throughout Queensland.
Beverley promotes engagement in creative activities where there is no wrong way, only each person’s failure free way of creating something new.
Dance, engages participants, socially, provides physical exercise and cognitive enhancement, essential elements for optimal brain health.
As new brain cells grow and thousands of neural connections sprout the benefits are: better communication, increased capability in activities of daily living, thus promoting a person’s self-confidence and autonomy.
The brain is not hard wired. It grows new cells and can change itself every single day until the end of life, even when a person is living with dementia.
Beverley worked with Christine Bryden, Tiina Alinen and Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland to establish Come Dance with Me and make those benefits available to people with dementia.
Now in its second year, the core principle is no wrong way, the focus is strengths and abilities, individual potential rather than difficulties. This approach is life changing and rare. The joy and fulfillment it brings has to be seen to be believed