Dementia-friendly communities in action

Dementia Australia is working on a number of pilot dementia-friendly community projects

More information about each pilot can be found below.

Please send your story and accompanying photo to dementiafriendly@dementia.org.au 

Around Australia

Our First Steps booklet contains some examples of dementia-friendly communities from around Australia.


 

A Dementia-Friendly Café on Sydney’s North Shore

Since November 2018, around Sydney’s Upper North Shore, DCaf Connections’ weekly social café programme has provided an opportunity for small groups of people living with dementia and their family carers to socialise, relax and discover ways to live well with dementia. 

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Dementia-friendly community gardening guide springs to life in Tasmania

Gardens can provide people living with dementia access to fresh air, sunshine and exercise, and in turn, research has shown access to gardens can lead to reduced stress, anxiety, depression and agitation. For those without a garden at their residence, community gardens offer a great alternative with added opportunities for socialisation. 

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Debunking dementia myths in Corryong

Surrounded by rugged mountains and 90 minutes by road from the nearest regional centre, Corryong is a beautiful town but with the highest prevalence of dementia in Victoria.

That’s why the town, led by The Centre for Continuing Education and the Towong Shire Council, are working hard to make their community dementia-friendly.

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Creating cards for those challenging conversations

Talking about dementia is a little easier with the Mention Dementia Conversation Cards, developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania.

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Creating beautiful blankets for south-west West Australian people living with dementia

A ‘skill swap’ initiative run by the Shire of Manjimup Home and Community Care has led to the creation of beautiful sensory blankets by school students and people living with dementia. 

This multi-generational initiative was made possible through the efforts of many people aiming to make Manjimup Shire a dementia-friendly community, and a $15,000 grant from Dementia Australia. 

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Using art and conversation to become more dementia-friendly in Darwin

In Darwin a local group have provided the community with some food for thought through morning teas, lunches and a dinner. The aim of these events is to increase awareness of dementia and to make their community more dementia-friendly.

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International recognition for dementia-friendly Kiama

Residents of Kiama, on the South Coast of New South Wales, have embraced the dementia-friendly concept, and their internationally-recognised model has recently been awarded a second Dementia Australia Community Engagement Program grant.  Read more

Songs of hope and inspiration in Canberra

Alchemy Chorus, Canberra’s dementia-inclusive choir gave the first of two public concerts for 2019 on April 13. Read more

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Brisbane: Community Forum Summary

On 2 April, Brisbane community members came together at the Queensland Brain Institute to learn about dementia and how Brisbane can work towards becoming more dementia-friendly.  

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Market Day

Dementia Friend, Tom Wattison is currently completing a Certificate 4 i

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Dementia Australia Bendigo and Treehouse-Kyneton District Health

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Community Industry Group News - Dementia Friends

From the Community Industry Group eNewsletter on 4th December 2018

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