A Dementia Friendly community is where people with dementia are understood, respected and feel safe, and are confident they can contribute to community life. This can be a suburb, a neighbourhood, a street, or a business like a café or a bank. We can coach communities to become dementia friendly.
What are Dementia-Friendly Communities?
Simply put, this can be a suburb, a neighbourhood, a street, a club, or a business like a café or a bank. It’s where people with dementia are understood, respected and feel safe, and are confident they can contribute to community life. This includes where people understand what dementia is and how it affects individuals and that people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.
A dementia diagnosis doesn't mean an individual has to move into a care facility. There is a way they can stay in the family home for longer, but it requires four key elements working together. This includes their family, their friends and neighbours, Allied Health Professionals, and their local community.
There are significant barriers to creating Dementia-Friendly Communities. These include but not limited to negative attitudes and disrespect, ignorance about dementia, poor signage, and confusing street scape. However, this is simply a lack of awareness and information about dementia and it can be easily addressed through education.
Having a sense of urgency is a key step in creating Dementia-Friendly Communities. We need to help others see the need for change and the importance of acting quickly. Please contact Tim directly to discuss how you can contribute. 0406 764 340 or via the contact page.