Dementia-Friendly Project update

 

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Dear West Pittwater Community Association,

We are continuing our work to become a dementia friendly community in the Northern Beaches. So much has been happening and we are pleased to share it all with you.

Community Education

Dementia education has been delivered to over 400 participants in our local community through the Forest Community Men's Shed, RSL Life Care, Pittwater RSL Day Club and our community forum. To book a community education session, contact us.

Understanding Dementia Forum

During May, we held our first 'Understanding Dementia' Forum. We had over 180 attendees who came along to hear from our speakers including:

Deputy Mayor Sue Heins who opened our event and shared her experiences about dementia in her family

Professor Susan Kurrle, a Geriatric Medicine Specialist who shared about minimising the risks for developing dementia.

Lyn Macintosh, a carer who shared about dementia-friendly communities and importance of these for carers and people living with dementia

Anthony Parker, from Dementia Australia who delivered the Dementia Friends presentation.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make the event so successful!


Education in schools

Through the project we have already delivered dementia education to almost 120 primary school children in the Northern Beaches. Students from Avalon Public School, Terrey Hills Public School and Seaforth Public School have increased their knowledge of dementia and become dementia friends!


Intergenerational Music Program

During June and July, local primary school students have visited aged care facilities in the Northern Beaches. Residents were entertained by the school choirs and bands and spent time with students reminiscing about music.

Dementia Friendly Organisations

The Alliance are supporting a number of local businesses and community organisations to become dementia-friendly including Your Side Australia, Easy Link Transport, Pittwater Pharmacy and Pittwater RSL Club. If you would like to become a dementia-friendly organisation, contact us.

 

News & Resources

Join the movement: Dementia Friends 

There are already 20,000 Australians who have registered as dementia friends. The session only takes 15 minutes and can be completed online here. If you would like to book a group face-to-face session, contact the Northern Beaches Dementia Alliance.

 

New AI Technology

New Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been developed to detect Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease at home. The AI mirror is an extension for the web app to detect signs of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's with the aim to keep elderly people at home for longer to avoid physical appointment visits. Read more

 

 

Upcoming Events

Reframing relatedness: Communicating with people with dementia

Join the one day workshop to learn practical ways of communicating with people living with dementia. The workshop is on the 26th of July and registrations will open at the end of May.

Register here

 

Community Dance Classes

Dance Health Alliance is running an innovative, in-depth training program for anyone that is interested in the healing benefits of dancing. They have weekly community classes in Frenchs Forest. Register here

 

 


Artful - Art and Dementia

This is a free program with the purpose of meeting new people and creating new experiences through the use of contemporary art. This is a six week program that runs for two hour visits to the Museum of Contemporary Art in small groups that are supported by trained artist educators. Register here

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