David Jukes (Bromilow Home Support Services), Suzie Dillon (participant) and Amanda Warman (Alzheimer’s Australia Qld)
A new social group for people living with dementia was launched on Tuesday 24th of January in Buderim, which will provide people with the opportunity to keep active and connected with others in the community in a fun and positive way.
This is the first time a social group like this will be offered on the Sunshine Coast, and is primarily targeted at younger people under the age of 65, as well as those who are over 65, yet fit and active and wanting to have some fun.
The group will be jointly delivered by Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) in partnership with Bromilow Home Support Services, funded by the Buderim Foundation.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) Board Director Swain Roberts and local Buderim resident said that he was delighted to be able to offer this initiative to the local community.
“As a local resident, there is a big need to offer younger people who have been diagnosed with dementia, or those that are otherwise fit and healthy, the opportunity to engage in activities that keep them fit and active, as well as connected in a meaningful way to others in the community,” said Swain.
Amanda Warman, Younger Onset Dementia Keyworker from Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) says that this group will enable people to become involved with a range of activities they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do.
“Since December we’ve been inviting people to put forward their suggestions, and we’ve had some great ones so far including ten pin bowling, trail walking, stand-up paddle boarding, watching movies or doing some yoga,” she said.
“Many of our clients who have been diagnosed with dementia are otherwise fit and healthy and still enjoy keeping active, but unfortunately the traditional model of respite for people with dementia is suited mostly to the frail aged client.”
“By providing people with more choice around what they would like to do, rather than being told what to do, we hope to empower them and give them a voice and provide them with positive and joyful experiences and new friendships.”
There are approximately 25,100 people in Australia with Younger Onset Dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65, including people as young as 30). Over 350,000 people live with dementia in Australia, 66,600 in Queensland alone.
The Adventure with Dementia Group will meet once a month from February 2017 and will be facilitated by a support worker and volunteer, both trained in dementia support and communication.
If you or a loved one are interested in participating or contributing some ideas for activities please visit www.adventurewithdementia.org.au or contact 07 3895 8200.
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
Communications and Marketing Manager, Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld)
Mobile: 0411 101 896