Lifestyle

One-stop shop for dementia information needed, says advocate

CLOSE TO HOME: Cynthia Hoogstraten is a dementia advocate. Her father has dementia. She now researches the subject intensely. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
CLOSE TO HOME: Cynthia Hoogstraten is a dementia advocate. Her father has dementia. She now researches the subject intensely. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

WHEN Cynthia Hoogstraten's father was diagnosed with dementia her life changed forever.

Thrust into the role of carer last year Ms Hoogstraten said she now had an insatiable thirst for knowledge on anything related to dementia.

"I have been studying dementia to understand what my father was going through," she said.

"I didn't understand what was happening to him but now I understand what is happening to his brain."

Ms Hoogstraten said people with dementia still maintained their personalities.

"My father is still himself even if it is clouded by dementia," she said.

Ms Hoogstraten said people with dementia still had the capacity to contribute to their community.

"One of the first things that happen when someone has that diagnosis is that people want to take away their decision making," she said.

"But we should be helping them to make decisions, not taking it away from them completely."

Ms Hoogstraten said more was needed to be done to address the issue here in Bundaberg.

"Because we have so many people now having to care for their parents," she said.

"I would like a one-stop shop in Bundaberg for people who have concerns, whether they are carers or feel they are at risk."

Topics:  aged care, dementia




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Fight between housemates ends in court

Bundaberg court housePhoto: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

31-year-old handed suspended sentence

Power prices a barrier to biofuel boom: canegrowers

OPPORTUNITY: Meadowvale farmer and Canegrowers director Tony Castro.

Plans for Australia’s first “biorefinery” in Gladstone

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Latest deals and offers

Star Time Lapse

NIGHT SKY: The stars over the Kolan River on the 25th June 2016. Photo: contributed

A short video of the stars over the Kolan river in time lapse on the 25th June...

Travis Mittelheuser Tae Kwondo

HIGH KICK: Travis Mittelheuser and Coach Ian Fauth practice some moves at Improvements Gym, Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

A short video about Travis Mittelheuser talking about his trip overseas to...

Tax scam call

Message left for a Bundaberg lady trying to scam her out of money.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%