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MEDIA RELEASE - Become a Dementia Friend

22 November 2019

Do you consider yourself a Dementia Friend? Learn more about how you can become a Dementia Friend and help support those living with dementia at a free information session next month.

A Dementia Friends information session will be held on Wednesday 4 December at the Portland Library from 10:30am – 110:30am. Dementia Friends are those who want to make a positive difference in the lives of those living with dementia.

Glenelg Shire aged and disability services manager Symonne Robinson said the session would be valuable for all segments of the community and was not limited to those directly affected by dementia.

“Every three seconds, someone in the world develops symptoms of dementia. For people living with dementia, performing daily tasks and maintaining social networks can sometimes be challenging. This is why building dementia friendly communities in which people living with dementia can feel understood, accepted, and included, is so important,” she explained.

“This event is suitable for everyone – whether you are in business, a community group, a neighbour, part of an extended family, a friend of a person with dementia or their carer, we can all play a vital role in creating dementia-friendly communities.

“Throughout the hour long session you will learn more about dementia, the challenges faced by people living with dementia and how to help people with dementia remain connected.

“Small acts make a big difference and by coming along to the free session you can help the Glenelg Shire to become a more dementia-friendly community.”

The Dementia Friends program forms part of Dementia Australia’s national campaign to transform the way Australia thinks, acts, and talks about dementia. For further information on the Dementia Friends program please visit the dedicated website.

For further information on the Dementia Friends session, or to register your place for the event, please contact Glenelg Shire Aged and Disability Services Unit on 5522 2204.

Event details:
Dementia Friends
Wednesday 4 December 2019
10:15 for a 10:30am start – 11:30am
Portland Library, Bentinck Street
RSVP details: Please phone Glenelg Shire Aged and Disability Services Unit 5522 2204


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