Monday 7 September 2015
‘The way people experience dementia is up to you and me,’ according to Carol Bennett, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia.
‘While government support of start-up programs is required, and political leadership is important, change begins and ends with all of us. At Alzheimer’s Australia we encourage everyone to realise the benefits that come from creating a more inclusive society for people living with dementia.’
Ms Bennett was speaking ahead of a Parliamentary Friends of Dementia forum being held at Parliament House Canberra today where Alzheimer’s Australia will release a Dementia-Friendly Communities white paper. The new paper outlines the benefits of creating a more inclusive, dementia-friendly society. This includes a stronger focus on how to create welcoming communities for people with dementia, and the social and economic benefits this provides to all Australians.
Ms Bennett argues; ‘a dementia-friendly community is something that has to be developed to meet the needs of individuals within their communities. It needs to be owned by locals, but driven by people living with dementia and their carers and families.’
The Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event will be co-convened by The Hon. Teresa Gambaro MP, Federal Member for Brisbane and The Hon. Shayne Neumann MP, Federal Member for Blair.
Ms Bennett believes politicians can and should take a lead in their local communities. ‘The intention of launching the white paper at Parliament House is partly to encourage Members of Parliament and Senators to understand the importance of dementia-friendly principles, and to think about how they might adopt these principles in their own electorates. It is also to support all our political, business and community leaders in the establishment of more dementia-friendly communities across Australia.’
A full copy of the white paper, Dementia-Friendly Communities is available at: fightdementia.org.au/Dementia-Friendly-Communities-white-paper
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Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area