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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Dementia carers are poorly paid but keep on going

Kathy Ger is the voice of dementia in remote Indigenous communities. As manager of the Malaneari Flexible Aged Care Centre, she looks after 15 Indigenous men and women on a daily basis. You can find Kathy in Borroloola on the McArthur River, about 50 kilometres upstream from the Gulf of Carpentaria.

About five years ago, researchers created a culturally appropriate test for Aboriginal people in remote Kimberley towns and Northern Territory communities to see how prevalent dementia was. Called the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA), participants were asked questions orally instead of in the usual written form because many of them could not read or write.

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