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Buddies: Dementia Australia Tasmania’s Younger Onset Dementia Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is a volunteer service for people living with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD).

The program involves a Buddy accompanying a person with YOD to attend activities in the community and to become a volunteer (if they wish) of their own choosing (e.g., helping at a café, community garden or animal shelter).

People living with YOD often find it difficult to perform tasks and participate in activities which they once enjoyed, without some support. As a result, they may become socially isolated, physically restless, lack motivation and feel depressed. The Buddy Program aims to address these issues by matching people living with YOD with volunteers who share the same interests, hobbies, culture and skills and by providing meaningful activity and purpose to people’s lives.

Volunteers offer people living with YOD a chance to develop a supportive friendship with a volunteer in a role which is informal and flexible. In so doing, it is the aim of the Buddy Program to increase the Quality of Life of people living with younger onset dementia.”

It's not a disgrace...it's dementia - Italian

It's not a disgrace...it's dementia is a short film to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about dementia within the Italian speaking community.

The film features carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition and stress the importance of seeking help early.

This film has been produced by Dementia Australia NSW, with thanks to the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) and Family and Community Services. It was produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.

Community Café Toolkit

Community cafés are organised, regular get-togethers in community spaces, most often in a coffee shop over a shared cuppa or lunch.

They are important for people living with dementia and their family carers because they provide social connection to address the common feelings of isolation experienced as a result of a diagnosis of dementia.

For more information about Community Cafés visit fightdementia.org.au/community-cafe-toolkit.