HammondCare books win major awards

Two books published by leading aged care provider, HammondCare have won major awards this week.

My home, my life: Practical ideas for people with dementia and carers was announced as the winner of the 2018 Australasian Journal on Ageing book award last night at the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) national conference in Melbourne.

And a cookbook, Lobster for Josino: Fabulous food for our final days has won two awards in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards including Best Cookbook of the Year for Australia and Seniors Cookbook. It is now the Australian finalist for these two categories in the Best in the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards, to be announced next July in Macau.

My home, my life: Practical ides for people with dementia and carers contains more than 280 tips for improving quality of life, drawn from the lived experience of people with dementia and the latest in research.

My home my life event

​​​​Pictured: A/Prof Colm Cunningham and Natalie Duggan co-authors of "My home, my life: Practical ideas for people living with dementia and carers" along with Prof Yvonne Wells.

Co-author, A/Prof Colm Cunningham said the book is designed to be read by the person with dementia where possible, along with carers, but also features the voice of people with dementia – through co-author Agnes Houston who lives with dementia, as well as more than a dozen real-life stories from people across Australia.

“The book does not under-estimate the challenge of living at home with dementia, but provides practical tools for support such as a better understanding the impact of dementia and ageing, tips on good design at home, strategies for going out and approaches to supporting memory and communication.”

Author of Lobster for Josino: Fabulous food for our final days, chef Peter Morgan Jones said the book, the first of its kind in the world, is aimed at people with life limiting illness or facing the end of life. The book features pages of practical tips and more than 100 innovative recipes (including molecular gastronomy) that promote beautiful food and personal choice for people who may have only a short time to live.

“It is a very important book and one of which I am extremely proud,” Mr Morgan Jones said.