Dementia-friendly community to host free workshop in Gerroa

Dementia Advisory Group members in 2016 (back from left) Graham Fairbairn, Robyn Fairbairn, Veda Meneghetti, Lynda Henderson, June Hass, Ray Hass and (front from left) Dennis Frost (chairperson), Tina Baker, Dementia Friendly Project officer Melissa Andrews and Kiama council’s community and cultural development manager Nick Guggisberg.
Dementia Advisory Group members in 2016 (back from left) Graham Fairbairn, Robyn Fairbairn, Veda Meneghetti, Lynda Henderson, June Hass, Ray Hass and (front from left) Dennis Frost (chairperson), Tina Baker, Dementia Friendly Project officer Melissa Andrews and Kiama council’s community and cultural development manager Nick Guggisberg.

Kiama Municipality is taking another large step toward its goal of becoming a dementia friendly community, with a workshop for people living with dementia developed and delivered by people living with dementia.

The Dementia Alliance Group (DAGs), comprised of residents living with dementia, has played a key role in the internationally recognised Dementia Friendly Kiama Project.

Now the DAGs are hosting a workshop to help others living with dementia. The free workshop is being held at The Gerroa Fishermans Club on Friday 27 July, starting at 9.30am.

This is the first dementia workshop created by people living with dementia for people living with dementia, and their carers.

The workshop provide general understanding and awareness of the disease and some of the strategies to adopt. This includes providing a person-centred approach towards care during the different stages of dementia.

The agenda is:

•           What is Dementia – everything you were afraid to ask

•           How it affects people both those diagnosed and those around them

•           Strategies for communication

•           Strategies for support

•           Discussion forum with people living with dementia

A key strategy to help Kiama become a dementia-friendly community is expanding the discussion of dementia, to destigmatise the disease and build awareness. This especially includes ensuring the people with dementia, their families and carers are part of such discussions.

There are more than 425,416 Australians living with dementia. Of the people living with dementia 55 per cent (234,049) are women and 45 per cent (191,367) are men.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians, contributing to 5.4 per cent of all deaths in men and 10.6 per cent of all deaths in women.

What:              Dementia Workshop

When:            Friday 27 July 2018, 9.30am to 1.00pm

Where:           The Gerroa Fishermans club, 68 Crooked River Road, Gerroa

Catering:        Morning tea will be provided.

RSVP:            (02) 4232 0444 or council@kiama.nsw.gov.au