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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.

Local tradespeople have teamed up with Silver Chain to deliver people living with dementia a renovated facility to enhance their skills and sensory environment and boost their social interactions at the Rockingham respite branch.

We recently took a trip back to the Dementia Australia Dementia Friendly Garden in Bridge Street Port Macquarie, to meet some of its carers and see how the garden itself is coming along 5 months later.

On Friday, 16 February, a group of local, passionate bush lovers met at the site of a proposed Dementia Sensory Trail to share their thoughts and ideas about making a particular part of Woowookarung Regional Park an amazing sound, touch, visual and smell experience for people living with dementia

A woman with dementia who hadn’t interacted with people in a long while remembered how to laugh and smile when she was a paid a visit by a Highlands baby. 

Twice a month the residents of Bowral House eagerly await visits from some very special little people. 

Dementia Support Group for Indian Australians Inc was launched on Friday 27 October 2017 at the Consulate General of India, Sydney premises at 265 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. A forum on Dementia was conducted  at the Consulate and Dementia Support Group for Indian Australian Inc.

Beyond Bank recently celebrated becoming a dementia-friendly bank and other community success.

Beyond Bank Australia is one of the nation’s largest customer-owned banks with more than 200,000 members and assets of around $5 billion under management.

Dementia Friendly Tasmania Incorporated (DFT) was established in early 2016 following more than two years of volunteer work conducted by a group based at Snug, a small town in the Kingborough region.

Four towns have joined forces in the Myall Lakes area to work towards becoming a more dementia-friendly electorate. The Myall Lakes project, which includes the NSW towns of Taree/Wingham and Forster/Tuncurry, began in September 2015 with the development of two steering committees.

The North West NSW town of Narrabri is working with key stakeholders to create a community culture and environment that is supportive of and accessible to people living with dementia.