In this presentation we will describe an intervention group that commenced at the Uniting War Memorial Primary Progressive Aphasia Clinic, led by a speech pathologist, which then evolved to a consumer led group in the community. We will explain the way in which the consumers applied the skills they learned in the clinic-based group and incorporated them into a sustainable and innovative community-based group. We will describe the experiences of participants and the benefits derived from both formats.
This presentation demonstrates the advantages of consumers and health care professionals collaborating to develop a new model involving clinical treatment, (communication groups) and an innovative client-led coffee group for people with language-led dementias and their carers. Using everything they learned in the clinic, combined with their own unique skills, the group is fostering authentic communication and building a network of friendship and support.