Communities in action

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Around Australia, individuals, groups, businesses and alliances are making their communities more dementia-friendly. By working with people living with dementia, their families and carers, we can all create a more inclusive community.

See how community action can help people living with dementia stay connected.

In Australia, almost half a million people now live with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, this number is expected to increase to more than 1 million by 2058.

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.

Where would you have found 80 excited singers, a cheery conductor, an audience of 300, a bunch of friendly politicians (put on the spot with toy trombones), two very accomplished musicians on keyboard, a super-cool bass player, and a member of the Dementia Australia Board on a chilly Saturday morning? 
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.