Living with dementia

If you are living with early stage dementia or are a family carer for someone with dementia, you are welcome to join our early intervention program.

You will get information and support through sharing your experiences with a small group of others in a similar situation.

What is the purpose of the Program?

Research shows this type of program can reduce the sense of isolation, distress and depression and increase the self esteem of people with or caring for someone with dementia, increase knowledge of local services and gain positive perceptions of dementia.

From a person with dementia - "It has been good meeting others, you feel less alone"

What happens at the sessions?

At each session two groups meet concurrently, one for people with dementia, and one for their family members. Programs generally consist of seven sessions of two hours run on a weekly basis. Groups are limited to ten participants to give you the opportunity to:

  • Tell your story of memory loss
  • Reflect on the impact of the diagnosis
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care
  • Enhance your skills for communicating with others
  • Learn techniques for problem solving
  • Extend your knowledge about legal and financial issues

After the Program, a carer commented "I am more mindful of the skill involved in communicating more effectively with the person I care for..."

Who can attend?

Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis of dementia.

 

If you wish to find out more information about these sessions in your area, please get in touch with one of our consultants in your region below.

For general enquiries about courses in ACT please call Karen Cmiel on 02 6255 0722 or email Karen.Cmiel@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in NSW please call 02 8875 4682 or email nsw.education@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in NT, please call Klem Hedenig on 08 7979 0076 or email Klem.Hedenig@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in QLD please call 1800 636 679 or email qld.education@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in SA please call 08 8372 2100 or email sa.training@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in TAS please call Kathy Mason on 03 6279 1109 or email Kathy.Mason@dementia.org.au

For general enquiries about courses in VIC please call Lisa Reed on 03 9816 5762 or email Lisa.Reed@dementia.org.au

Or click here to find out what support is available in your region