Is our community dementia friendly?
Tonight we were joined by Michelle Schlitter and Ann Donaghy from Centacare and learnt what it is like to be a dementia friendly community. As our population ages we all find ourselves confronted in some way with issues that make our lives or those of others less comfortable.
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a group of illnesses which impact on a person's functioning - memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical function. These illnesses can happen to anyone but they are more common after the age of 65.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians. In 2018 there were an estimated 425,416 Australians living with dementia. This is estimated to cost Australia in treatment and management more than $15 billion.
Having and living in a community that cares about people and their needs is especially important for people with early stages of dementia to remain in the community. Centacare, in collaboration with the Coffee Club at Wynnum has established a Memory Cafe. Here is a place where people with dementia and their carers can just be themselves, share stories, discover helpful hints, and enjoy good food and the company of others.
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Here is a useful link to more information about dementia - Dementia Australia https://www.dementia.org.au/