Local Federal and State Labor representatives today met with ItSoWel Executive Officer, Giovanna Cardamone, to make a joint personal donation of $1,000 towards The Seasons of my Life Through Italian Eyes – An Interactive Sensory Cultural Resource and launch ItSoWel’s fundraising drive for the project.
ItSoWel are hoping to raise $10,000 towards the project which will create an Interactive Sensory Cultural Resource for Italians living with dementia. The resource would be a Stimulus Book which would be interactive, creating smells, sounds and visual stimulus.
The Interactive Sensory Cultural Resource will be used to evoke memories and improve levels of engagement of people living with dementia from an Italian speaking background.
Persons with dementia from a culturally and linguistically diverse background display many challenging behaviours due to language and cultural barriers. Often care workers and families struggle to engage these persons in activities. The Interactive Sensory Cultural Resource would support families and care workers to engage people living with dementia by stimulating memories and increase the quality of life of people living with dementia from an Italian speaking background.