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Help us build a dementia friendly community

Community Wellbeing team members Milly, Peta, Philippa and Sarah have already signed up to be a Dementia Friend.

Sign up to be a dementia friend this month and help us build up dementia friendly community. Just a small act can make a big difference.

Friday 7 September 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging local residents, businesses and organisations to become a Dementia Friend this month to help build a dementia-friendly community.

September is Dementia Awareness Month so it’s a good time to pledge your support.

“Small acts can make a big difference for people impacted by dementia, their families and carers,” said Philippa Calwell, Access and Support Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“A dementia friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support. All you need to do is sign up and complete a few short learning modules,” she said.

More than 437* people in Mount Alexander Shire are living with dementia. By 2050 this number is expected to rise to almost 1,793.

People living with dementia can find it challenging to actively participate in the community, partly due to a lack of knowledge and understanding about the condition.

“A little understanding and kindness can go a long way. We want our shire to be a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high-quality life with meaning, purpose and value, ,” said Philippa.

“By increasing your awareness on the impacts of the condition, you can help someone living with dementia feel accepted, safe, included and involved,” she said.

Council is encouraging staff to become dementia friends and is hosting a dementia friend information session in the workplace in September to show its support.

To sign up and learn more about how you can be a dementia friend visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au.

About dementia
Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. The condition affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks which interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.

Most people with dementia are older, it is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happened to anyone including a family member, friend, neighbour, co-worker or customer.

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*Source: NATSEM, University of Canberra, January 2016. Commissioned by Alzheimer’s


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