Free Dementia Programs - QLD

Dementia: Know The Facts Program

This information session will provide an introduction to dementia, causes, symptoms, and typical changes that may occur for people living with dementia. The session also provides advice on what services are available to support the person living with dementia, and their family including detail on further dementia education sessions.

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person who has memory concerns and may have a diagnosis of dementia.

 

 

Sessions available:

Tuesday 21 August - Brisbane South

Tuesday 28 August - Toowoomba

Tuesday 13 November - Brisbane South

 

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


Living With Memory Loss

The Living with Memory Loss program is designed specifically for people in the early stages of dementia who want to share their experiences or feelings with others in the same situation. Participants are able to bring a carer, family member or friend with them if they like. The program provides accurate information about brain function and focuses on ways to help maintain a person's abilities as well as offering practical strategies for living with dementia.

There are also programs for people with younger onset dementia (diagnosis of dementia before the age of 65 years).

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)

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

Content covered includes:

  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Adapting to change
  • Research and new drug treatments
  • Practical strategies for everyday living
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Looking after yourself
  • Planning for the future
  • Community services
  • Where to from here?

 

 

Sessions available:

Tuesday 25 September - Gold Coast

Thursday 4 October - Townsville

 

Living with Memory Loss courses are run throughout the year and dates can be tailored to suit the needs of participants.

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


The Living with Younger Onset Dementia program

The Living with Younger Onset Dementia program is designed specifically for people in the early stages of dementia who have been diagnosed aged 65 years and under. This is their opportunity to share their experiences or feelings with others in the same situation. Participants are able to bring a carer, family member or friend with them if they like.

The program provides specific information related to this age group and focuses on ways to help maintain a person’s abilities as well as offering practical strategies for living with dementia.

Content covered includes:

  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Adapting to change
  • Research and new drug treatments
  • Practical strategies for everyday living
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Looking after yourself
  • Planning for the future
  • Community services
  • Where to from here?

 

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)

Suitable for: Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis

Sessions available: There are currently no sessions available.

 

For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


Therapeutic Activities

Our Brisbane Dementia Support Centre provides a number of therapeutic activities for people with dementia. These meaningful activities aim to support and empower people living with dementia through social engagement, learning new skills and healthy living.

 

Come Dance With Me

Dementia-friendly dance program that is designed to empower people with dementia to engage in social and physical activity. No dance experience necessary.

When: Every Tuesday in six-week blocks, 10am – 12pm

Where: Woolloongabba

 

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


Family Carer Course

Our carer education programs are designed to help you and your family with practical strategies for managing day-to-day and to better understand your own needs and the needs of those for whom you care. You will learn practical strategies and have an opportunity to share common experiences.

Topics include:

  • The nature of dementia
  • Effective communication
  • The impact of dementia
  • Activities for living and pleasure
  • Understand and respond to behaviours of concern

 

Cost:  Free (funded by the Australian Government)

Suitable for: Family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia.

 

 

Sessions available:

Thursday 6 September - Townsville

Friday 19 October - Gold Coast

Tuesday 4 December - Gold Coast

 

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


Living With Change

This special group program spans over two days and is designed to support and assist with the feelings experienced by carers, family members and friends of people with dementia. Interactive group discussions include:

  • What has been lost
  • The importance of caring for the carer
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Celebrating the present and looking towards the future

 

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)

Suitable for: Carers, family members and friends of people with dementia

 

 

Sessions available:

Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October - Gold Coast

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October - Townsville

 

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

 


Considering Residential Care

In this program we discuss the issues and decisions around residential care as well as the barriers to making the decision. Information is provided about the types of residential care, the residential care system, including different types of care available as well as the key features of a good facility. Important legal issues are also outlined. The emotional issues regarding the placement of a loved one in residential care are also discussed.

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)

Suitable for: Family carers at the point of considering the option of residential care for their loved one with dementia.

 

 

Sessions available:

Wednesday 14 November - Gold Coast

Wednesday 14 November - Townsville

 

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to book, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.