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Monday 8 October 2018

How much do you know about dementia? Do you understand how dementia impacts people living with the condition, their family and friends? Are you aware of what you can do to help support people affected?

Mount Alexander Shire Council and Carer Support Services are delivering a free training session to help residents better understand dementia and how they can make a positive difference to people impacted by the condition.

“We have an informative afternoon planned where you’ll hear from someone who is living with dementia and learn from them about their experiences,” said Philippa Calwell, Access and Support Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Small acts of kindness can make a big difference for people impacted by dementia so we’ll discuss what we can all do to help make our community more dementia friendly,” said Ms Calwell.

“We’ll also cover what services are available locally to support people in our community and their carers,” she said.

“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.

“By coming along and increasing your awareness of dementia and its impacts, you can help a family member, friend, neighbour or co-worker living with dementia feel accepted, safe, included and involved,” said Ms Calwell.

Event details

What: Dementia friendly in Mount Alexander Shire
When: 1.00pm – 3.00pm on Wednesday 10 October
Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Victory Park, Castlemaine – next to the supermarket carpark.
Cost: Free. Includes afternoon tea.

If you can’t make the session you can still become a Dementia Friend by completing a short learning module online. All you have to do is sign up at www.dementia.org.au.

For more information contact Philippa Calwell on 5471 1735 or Yvonne Fernandes - Smith on 5471 1017.

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.

While most people with dementia are older, it is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia could happen to any of your family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers or customers.

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

*Source: NATSEM, University of Canberra, January 2016. Commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia (now Dementia Australia). Victorian Local Government Areas Report.

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