Tweed Regional Museum Working Towards Becoming Dementia Friendly

Photo from left to right: Pam Sligo, Dementia Australia volunteer; Graeme and Wendy  Hodgkinson, Keith Heckenberg and Pamela Payne, Dementia Action Group Members, Judy Kean, Tweed Regional Museum Director.

Media Release - Dementia Australia recognises the efforts of Tweed Regional Museum towards becoming a dementia friendly organisation.  On Tuesday 9 October Judy Kean, Director of the Tweed Regional Museum received a certificate of recognition from members of the Tweed Dementia Action Group (DAG).

In the lead up to Dementia Awareness Month in September this year, Museum staff met with DAG members to share ideas on how to make the museum dementia friendly.  With these ideas in mind Judy and her team developed their action plan and have started to make the changes.  Some of the suggestions include better signage so people can easily find their way around.  The most important change is to make sure staff and volunteers understand about dementia and assist people to have a great experience of the museum.

For Dementia Awareness month museum volunteers participated in a dementia awareness workshop and became Dementia Friends.  This is a campaign by Dementia Australia to raise awareness about what we can all do to support and include people with dementia and their families in the community.   

By becoming Dementia Friends gallery staff and volunteers will be able to support people with dementia enjoy the museum experience