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Spark of Life Model of Care acclaimed by Commonwealth Aged Care Leaders

The following article is reproduced with permission from the CommonAge website:

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Our Chairman Andrew Larpent says: “The Spark of Life Model of Care provides a transferable framework of education and care practices that are meaningful and effective in diverse cultures and in all areas of care including community and palliative care, and we are sincerely grateful for the support our Ambassadors receive from Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.”

Spark of Life delivering excellence in dementia care across the Commonwealth

By Annie Waddington-Feather
21st September, 2022

With researches predicting global dementia cases will trip to 150million by 2050, and the World Alzheimer Report revealing up to 85% of people living with dementia may not receive post-diagnosis care raising awareness of these conditions today, through World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, and World Alzheimer’s month is more important than ever before.

Through this year’s theme of ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s’, Alzheimer’s International is shining a light on the importance of a timely diagnosis and the warning signs of dementia and highlights ‘tackling dementia requires a truly global and local effort’,

However, for local sector leaders and service providers working at a grass roots level in many Commonwealth countries, there are additional challenges, such as cultural beliefs, to overcome.

Anderson Simfukwe, our ambassador in Zambia, points out ‘in the African context, there is an intersection of old age and witchcraft that needs urgent clarity and comprehension.

In a recent article entitled ‘Older Persons versus Witchcraft vis-a-vis Dementia Under the Spark of Life Philosophy’, he highlights:

Older people are mainly associated with the practicing of witchcraft due to the fact that as people age their mental capability is compromised due to various brain health conditions that include Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementias. The witch finders target wealthy older men and women who are unable to defend themselves during interrogation. And dementia is at the centre of such witchcraft accusations and the witch finders take advantage of the people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders to accuse them of practicing witchcraft. The accused are subjected to all forms of abuse including brutal killing in cold blood.

The Spark of Life Philosophy and implementation of the best practice Spark of Life Model of Care, is a specialised education and training programme run by Australian-based Dementia Care International and it is having a positive impact on those living with dementia and delivering unprecedented benefits for all involved.

In 2015, CommonAge Ambassadors and recipients of our bursary to an international care conference in Perth, Australia met Jane Verity, Founder and CEO of Dementia Care International, and Hilary Lee, President of Dementia Care International; since then, through our ambassadors and other networks, the pioneering Spark of Life Model of Care has been launched in five Commonwealth countries.

“Building relationships based on empathy, kindness, and compassion are key aspects of our Model of Care; when we met the CommonAge Ambassadors, we recognised sector leaders from many nations in the Commonwealth desperately needed resources and training to help them care for people living with dementia, and we knew we had the tools to help,” Jane and Hilary explain. “Through Dementia Care International’s charity arm Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, over the past few years, we have provided grants for CommonAge Ambassadors to attend our intensive three-week Master Leadership Program and Quality Management System. Furthermore, we have provided ongoing support, to enable each Master Practitioner to implement the Model of Care in their service and wider community.”

“Like many other organisations, when the COVID19 Pandemic lockdowns prevented international travel, we developed and transformed our education programs so they can be delivered live via Zoom in a way that is interactive and engaging,” they continue.

Since the training went online, our CommonAge Ambassador in Kenya, James Mbatia Kinuthia, Founder of SJ Remedial Care Facilities in Nairobi, Kenya was able to attend the Master Leadership Program, and is now implementing the Model of Care in his care home and community service.

He says although we are looking forward to create more awareness, the reality is that the reception is overwhelmingly unbelievable, our daily calls and messages concerning rehabilitation of those living with Dementia has remarkably increased.

“This has enhanced level of ownership, confidence, enthusiasm and leadership felt across my team. Having our two supportive partners attending the Spark of Life Rehabilitative program via Zoom was a helpful support.”

“One of our residents used to tell others who he was, (as he thought they did not know) but after the introduction of the Spark of Life Name Memory aids, he no longer repeatedly does so. Thus there is a new feeling that he knows people know who he is, and now he doesn’t need to keep repeating his name to everyone. He knows everyone can read his name, and this has given him quite a settling and reassuring feeling.”

Read more about how our Ambassadors in Uganda have benefited from the Spark of Life care model here.

Read more about how our Ambassadors in Zambia have benefited from the Spark of Life care model here.

Read more about how our Ambassadors in Nigeria have benefited from the Spark of Life care model here.

Read more about how our Ambassadors in India have benefited from the Spark of Life care model here and here.

Read more about how our Ambassadors in Kenya have benefited from the Spark of Life care model here.

Dementia Care International offers a range of Spark of Life education programs online including:

“We are providing high-level leadership education and equipping leaders to provide sustainable and measurable quality care in their services,” Jane and Hilary conclude.

By bringing knowledge and experience together across the Commonwealth we can support sector leaders in developing countries, and contribute to making positive changes to people’s lives.

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This article was originally published in CommonAge.
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Future of Aged Care Summit 2022

Supporting Partner – Dementia Care International

Akolade’s 5th Annual Future of Aged Care Summit, will now take place on 15 – 17 June 2022 in Sydney. As official partners we are delighted to announce the agenda.

The 5th Annual Future of Aged Care Summit will address the key challenges to reforming and rebuilding the aged care sector and ensuring that older Australians receive care that is of the highest quality. Delegates will gain tools and strategies to ensure best practice governance that is centered around quality and safety, implement the recommendations of the final report of the Royal Commission and professionalise the aged care workforce to embed quality and safety into service delivery.

Register using code DEMCARE20 for 20% off the conference rate.

The conference is a unique opportunity to experience a special presentation from our Founder and CEO Jane Verity, who will be presenting Dementia Care Internationals’ inspiring vision for the future of dementia care.


Register using code DEMCARE20 for 20% off the conference rate.

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Australia

Hope for a New Future

As advocates for the need for empathy and compassion to be the core of aged care, Dementia Care International presents hope for a new future with a pioneering Model of Care. This model addresses the urgent need for profound change to the delivery of the quality of care for older Australians.

The Royal Commission’s final report highlights this very issue.

Dementia Care International is an independent organisation with a humanitarian purpose to bring to the international community a sustainable model of quality care.

This new Model of Care is grounded in clinical practice and elevates the emotional intelligence of teams. It has the strength of both scientific and humanistic theoretical foundations and has been internationally field tested in practice by leaders in 12 countries.

The Model is applicable in all areas of aged and dementia care services, in residential and community care, hospital and palliative care, and can be effectively integrated into current systems.

If you are a leader in aged care interested in more details please contact

Sailesh Mishra, India – Covid 19 Support

This is Sailesh Mishra, Spark of Life Master Practitioner – part of our global community. In this time where we are isolated, these opportunities to connect are very important and Sailesh has wise words to share in his message.

Sending you and your team support and encouragement from all of us here at Dementia Care International

Hilary Lee, President of Dementia Care International, Speaks about New Teleconferences to Support your Team During the COVID-19 Events Around the World.

With the Coronavirus affecting our world, we are experiencing a time of uncertainty and stress.

Dementia Care International has developed an innovative model of care that focuses on empathy and compassion, supporting a healthy and robust culture.

If you are a leader in healthcare, and want to ensure your team feel supported at this challenging point in time, we are offering a new series of teleconferences/Skype workshops on how to reduce stress and retain empathy within your team, that will flow throughout the service you provide.

We welcome you to contact us for more details about this service.
Contact us via email or phone +61 3 9727 2744.

Adriel House & Adriel Rest Home Becomes Spark of Life Centres of Excellence

On Wednesday 6th November 2019, Adriel House & Adriel Rest Home, Amberley, New Zealand,  were officially certified by Dementia Care International as Spark of Life Centres of Excellence at a landmark celebration attended by all residents, staff, families and friends.

In presenting the two plaques, Jane Verity, Founder of Dementia Care International and the Spark of Life Philosophy honoured the homes and unique elements that set Adriel apart and appreciated the hard work and dedication that has gone into achieving this international certification.

Discover more about Adriel House & Adriel Rest Home here >>

Lions Club International Exemplary Service Award 2018 presented to Spark of Life President.

On Tuesday 22 May 2018, the Western Australia State Lions Club Co-ordinator, Sue Renton along with the Canning City Lions Club President Chris Gwilym presented Hilary Lee, President of Spark of Life with this year’s Lions Club International Exemplary Service Award.

Hilary received this award in honour of her dedication to support people with dementia, locally, nationally and internationally’ through the work of Dementia Care International and the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.

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In April 2018, The TSAO Foundation in Singapore had organised for their teams to receive the experiential education on the Spark of Life Philosophy and learn directly from the Founder, Jane Verity.

Day one saw all 115 staff members attend the new 1-day signature presentation that brings together a kaleidoscope of the best of the Spark of Life Philosophy. This had been made possible by closing all programs and services for the day.

Forty team members then participated in the 3-day Certified Spark of Life Club Facilitator Course, where they learned profound skills that can be applied to any social group program. Congratulations to everyone who passed with flying colours.

New Zealand

Participants engaged in experiential listening exercise

During May 2108, Staff at Adriel House and Resthome, South Island, New Zealand were invited to take part in the new 1-day presentation on ‘How to Ignite the Spark of Life – a Day on Culture Enrichment’ presented by the Founder Jane Verity. This day was repeated so everyone had the opportunity to attend including family members and people from the community.

A team bonded together from the experience of learning together for 3 intensive days

Ten of the 41 staff members who had applied were then granted the opportunity to participate in the 3-day Certified Spark of Life Club Facilitator Course, leaving everyone enthusiastic about a future where all their residents have the opportunity to participate in a Club.

Everyone benefited from the education on how to set up and run the clubs and they came together as a team. They learnt so much that was positive about each other from the experiential exercises and the discussions shared by all.


Sailesh Mishra

Sailesh Mishra, Spark of Life Master Practitioner from Silver Innings Mumbai, recently gave the first presentation about Spark of Life in India. He presented to a warm reception at the XXI national conference of ARDSI on 22 & 23 September 2017 in Kolkata to esteemed international and national dementia care leaders . The conference was organised by Nilanjana Maulik, Spark of Life Master Practitioner & Secretary of ARDSI Kolkatta.


Maggie Beer

In Australia, Maggie Beer is a much loved & highly regarded TV personality and cook. The Maggie Beer Foundation’s one purpose is to improve the food experience for everyone as they age with a slogan, ‘Creating an Appetite for Life. Spark of Life features in the latest Maggie Beer Foundation Newsletter

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Nakato Daisy

The Rise and Shine Dyslexic Organization (RASDO) in Uganda has launched a practical activity in the form of play that can attract and promote the Spark of Life Philosophy throughout local communities. ‘Jumping for the Spark of Life Philosophy and the Children of Uganda’ is inspiring and fun!

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The Westmont Living Room

An Illinois assisted living and memory care community will be the first senior living community in the United States to implement the Spark of Life Philosophy. Chicago-based Pathway to Living’s Aspired Living of Westmont, a 107-unit community scheduled to open soon in Westmont, IL, will provide care for residents under the guidance of their two qualified Spark of Life Master Practitioners.

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