Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) is welcoming anyone currently caring for someone with dementia to join its monthly support group held at Yeppoon’s community centre.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld)’s Community Development Officer, Lisa Toner, said with the growing prevalence of dementia across the country, the need to support carers was vital.
“The number of Australians with dementia is continuing to grow significantly, which means that more people caring for a loved one will require support,” Lisa said.
“Support groups for carers are really important for the community and allow carers to get support from others, form new friendships and take time out for themselves.”
“At these meetings, participants can also find out a wealth of information about dementia.”
Currently there are 413,106 Australians living with dementia and this is expected to increase to over a million by 2056. There are an estimated 94,672 paid carers looking after people with dementia in the residential aged care setting, and 196,491 carers of people with dementia in the community, the majority of whom are informal carers.
Lisa said that the group is an informal gathering over morning tea, where people can chat about how they are managing and if they need support as well as hear about upcoming support services, and are also joined by volunteers every week.
“We have lovely volunteers that come along and offer free hand massages and relaxing reiki, which is a Japanese healing technique,” said Lisa.
The group helps people feel that they aren’t on their own in their journey of caring for someone with dementia and Lisa said the feedback was always positive from those involved.
“They feel welcomed and they learn about what support is available to them and their families,” she said.
“Caring for someone with dementia can be very rewarding and it can also have its challenges; meeting other people is a chance to get reassurance that you’re not on your own, there is help and support out there for you and your loved ones.”
There are currently 698 people living with dementia in Livingstone Shire Council. This is expected to grow to 2,970 by 2056.
The Dementia Support Centre is also open in Rockhampton from 9am to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on 238 Richardson Rd. Phone the centre on 4928 19326. If you need assistance you can contact the national dementia helpline on 1800 100 500.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,103 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than a million by 2056. www.fightdementia.org.au
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