Lithgow Creative Dementia Workshops voted Highly Commended at Future of Ageing Awards
A Lithgow Dementia Support community group initiative was awarded high commendations in the Community Engagement category in the 2022 Future of Ageing Awards.
The Creative Dementia Workshops, which began in January 2021, provide a safe, inclusive and creative space for people living with dementia and their carers.
During the workshops people living with dementia participate in art and mindfulness activities, together with music and singing interludes delivered by well-known and qualified facilitators.
Additionally, carer support sessions help address the needs of those caring for people living with dementia, including older community members whose loved ones are living in residential care facilities.
These support sessions give carers the opportunity to share their feelings, experiences and challenges associated with the demands of providing care to loved ones.
Judges on the panel said the workshop concept showed innovation and unique thinking.
"A very useful community engagement project based on sound evidence and good values," one judge wrote.
"Collaboration across mindfulness, arts, music and including carers to make more holistic - brilliant!"
The Future of Ageing Awards recognise leadership and innovation across Australia’s aged care industry.
The awards bring together aged care providers, industry suppliers and those individuals driving change to improve the lives of ageing Australians.
To find out more about the Lithgow Creative Dementia Workshops, visit https://www.dementiafriendly.org.au/find-resources/lithgow-creative-dementia-workshop
Are you interested in what this could look like in your community?
The first step is to become a Dementia Friend. Find out more at www.dementiafriendly.org.au or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.