Alzheimer’s Australia WA (AAWA) is working to tackle the stigma and social isolation associated with dementia through the development of a Dementia Friendly Communities Project. Earlier this year they received a social innovation grant from the Department of Local Governments and Communities to implement this project. Throughout this two year project they will develop a range of initiatives to create a dementia- friendly community approach across WA.
A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. Each dementia-friendly community will look different and will have different needs and challenges. To know exactly what is needed in each area Alzheimer’s Australia are hosting community consultations in seven metro areas and six regional areas and invite people living with dementia and their carers/support persons to tell them what it is like to live with dementia in their community.
These ‘Community Cafes’ will have a high tea theme. Starting at 10am (2.00pm in Mandurah), they will run for an hour and a half and morning tea will be served throughout. At this enjoyable and low key event, people will be seated at tables of 5. They will be asked three questions that focus on three areas relevant to dementia friendly communities: stigma, social inclusion and enabling environments. The information gathered will be compiled into a report. AAWA will be supporting two local and two regional local governments to run a dementia-friendly communities pilot within their council. In addition to this they will be selecting six libraries and five civic buildings to take on board dementia-friendly practices within their businesses.
See the flyer here for details of dates and venues.