ACT government’s first steps towards a dementia-friendly Canberra welcomed

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Dementia Australia has welcomed the launch of the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Age-Friendly City Plan, which includes a focus on some areas becoming dementia-friendly.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the focus of the Plan is on practical achievements that address the barriers older Canberrans have said they face in living free from abuse, staying mobile, remaining socially connected and having good access to services. 

“We recognise and acknowledge the inclusion of creating designated dementia-friendly spaces, including hosting dementia-friendly events, within ACT Government shopfronts and at major events across Canberra,” Ms McCabe said.

“These first steps towards addressing the barriers that the more than 6,000 people living with dementia in the ACT face are welcomed.

“The announcement comes at a time when people living with dementia may be feeling quite isolated, and it is promising to hear of plans to open communities up to be more inclusive.”  

The Plan was developed by surveying the community and conducting consultative forums, which brought together community members and representatives of community agencies and government services to develop solutions to address the barriers that older people face.

“We commend the ACT government for its focus on creating a city that values the contributions and involvement of older people,” Ms McCabe said. 

“Dementia Australia has recently launched a campaign urging all Australians to take a pledge to help keep the world open for people living with dementia, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic, but every day. 

“We look forward to working with all levels of government in Australia to make this happen.”

More information about the Age-Friendly City Plan is available at:


Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 459,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

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