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Speaking my language: new films spread dementia message

It is often debated whether life imitates art or vice versa. But a new multi-media initiative by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is using the art of film to inform and project life’s realities.

Moving pictures is a collaboration between NARI and Curtin University, who produced 15 short movies in five different languages to combat low dementia literacy rates among Tamil, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic communities.

The films are aimed at carers and the elderly alike. In all, 57 families and 19 service providers in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth were involved in the production of the films. The Moving Pictures website also features a number of comic books designed in conjunction with the films.

“The reality is that there is limited awareness about dementia and that is resulting in delayed diagnosis, poorer prognosis, and a higher burden of care on families and health systems,” said Dr Bianca Brijnath, director of social gerontology from NARI.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Brijnath ahead of the launch.

Find all the videos and comics here.

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