Tasmania

Dementia and Memory Community Centre Tasmania

The Commonwealth-funded Dementia and Memory Community Centres offer a range of services to the general public, including those with memory loss, their carers, family and friends.

Some of the services we offer include:

National Dementia Helpline

We have professional staff available to provide up-to-date information about dementia and other associated issues. Further information about all of our services can be obtained by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.


Information resources

Library

The Centre incorporates a library of books and videos, which you can browse. Membership to Dementia Australia Tasmania gives you borrowing rights. We also stock a range of hard-copy information sheets and brochures.


Programs

Living with Memory Loss program

The Living with Memory Loss program is designed for people living with early stage dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment and their support person (family members or friends). The program incorporates education, information and support workshops once per week for four weeks. This course is designed to support people to manage the changes associated with memory loss. Learn more about the positive things that can be done to support people living with memory loss and explore strategies for now and plans for the future.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Obtain information and have questions answered;
  • Talk confidentially with others in a similar situation;
  • Discuss experiences and express feelings in a safe environment;
  • Focus on maintaining and enhancing skills and abilities; and
  • Explore ways of managing now and into the future.

Family Carers Course

Designed for family members, close friends and carers of people who have a diagnosis of dementia, this course runs once a week for four weeks:

Topics include:

  • The nature and impact of dementia
  • Understanding symptoms of dementia
  • Effective communication
  • Developing effective responses to behaviors
  • Activities for living and pleasure

Social Support Groups

Groups meet monthly and give participants the opportunity to receive support, advice and information from others facing similar issues. They are facilitated by counsellors and include occasional input from invited guest speakers.

Groups include:

Southern Groups: Hobart

  • Opals Support Group
  • Younger Onset Dementia Group
  • Carer’s Luncheons
  • Cygnet/Channel Group
  • Social Luncheon Group
  • Singing From the Heart
  • Men’s Carers’ Group
  • Creative Arts Groups
  • Fronto Temporal Dementia Support Group

Northern Groups: Launceston

  • Alz’ Carers’ Lunch
  • Creative well group
  • Carers’ Social Club
  • Younger onset Dementia Group
  • Sunday Roast

North West Groups:

  • Carer’s Support Group (Devonport)
  • Carers support group (Ulverstone)

Cognitive Stimulation Groups - Hobart

For people diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early to moderate stages of dementia. These groups are held once a week and involve a program of activities to stimulate the brain and improve communication skills. Research has shown that participants in these types of programs show improvement in communication and social interaction. People with dementia who participate have reported improved quality of life. We provide a separate women’s and men’s groups.

Talk to a counsellor

A qualified counsellor, psychologist or social worker is always available to talk confidentially, face-to-face, with you about your concerns, be they for your own memory or that of a family member or friend. 

Creative Arts Groups

Using creative arts promotes a way for people living with dementia to express themselves in a calm and affirmative environment It improves feelings of self-worth and creates images of words to share with others.  Art  groups are conducted weekly at the Old Vicarage Respite house in Hobart and at Paringa Ave in Launceston.

The Younger Onset Dementia Keyworker Program

Is a term used to describe any form of dementia that has an onset of symptoms before the age of 65. This program supports these people to identify and access individually tailored services and to promote a better understanding of the condition and its impacts. Education and training is focused specifically on issues that impact quality of life  such as employment and superannuation, transport, maintaining meaningful social activities with friends and family, access to appropriate accommodation  and social stigma.

A four hour support group, including tailored activities for people whose diagnosis of dementia occurred under 65 years of age is also held once a week at creek road, New Town.  

  • Provides individualised services and support for people living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers. 

  • Raises awareness of younger onset dementia through the provision of education to SA health networks and local community.
  • Builds capacity to meet the needs of younger onset dementia within the disability, aged care, community and residential care sectors through consultation, networking and collaboration with service providers and consumers.

Day Respite – Day Club

Day Clubs provide support each day for 8-10 people with dementia who live in the community with or without a carer. Day clubs operate in Hobart, Cygnet & Launceston.

Times and days of attendance will be negotiated with the respite manager through referral from Dementia Advisor or Dementia Australia Counsellor following a needs assessment. The centre provides a safe environment with the focus on activities being improved well-being, cognitive stimulation and enjoyable social interaction.

Overnight Respite

The Old Vicarage Respite House in New Town, Hobart provides emergency and short term overnight respite accommodation for carers’ and people with dementia.


Drop in to the Dementia and Memory Community Centre in Hobart, Launceston or Ulverstone: 

Hobart
85 Creek Road
New Town Tas 7008
Telephone: 03 6279 1100
Fax: 03 6228 3031
Opening hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm weekdays

Launceston 
63-65 Paringa Ave 
Newnham Tas 7248 
Telephone: 03 6326 3488 
Fax: 03 6326 6315 
Opening hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm weekdays

Ulverstone
11 King Edward Street
Ulverstone 7315
Telephone: 03 6425 9104
Fax: 03 6425 1948
Opening hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm weekday