Living with Dementia program - NSW (formerly Living with Memory Loss program)

If you are living with early stage dementia or are a family carer for someone with dementia, you are welcome to join our early intervention program.

You will get information and support through sharing your experiences with a small group of others in a similar situation. Read the brochure for more information.

What is the purpose of the Program?

Research shows this type of program can reduce the sense of isolation, distress and depression and increase the self esteem of people with or caring for someone with dementia, increase knowledge of local services and gain positive perceptions of dementia.

From a person with dementia - "It has been good meeting others, you feel less alone"

What happens at the sessions?

At each session two groups meet concurrently, one for people with dementia, and one for their family members. Programs generally consist of seven sessions of two hours run on a weekly basis. Groups are limited to ten participants to give you the opportunity to:

  • Tell your story of dementia
  • Reflect on the impact of the diagnosis
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care
  • Enhance your skills for communicating with others
  • Learn techniques for problem solving
  • Extend your knowledge about legal and financial issues

After the Program, a carer commented "I am more mindful of the skill involved in communicating more effectively with the person I care for..."

Ongoing support is also available to provide social contact and further educational opportunities. More information is available on the program brochure.

Who can attend?

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

If you are interested in receiving information about the Living with Dementia  program please contact the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

email if you would like more information on this or any other programs.

Health Professionals - referrals to Living With Dementia program

If you are a health professional wanting to make a referral to the Program, please complete the referral form and fax it to 02 8875 4665.

Programs scheduled for 2018

Inner West - Burwood

Northern Beaches - Forestville

North Coast - Forster

  • Thursdays 8th 15th & 22nd March 2018
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisor
  • 02 6554 5097

Illawarra - Dapto

  • Fridays 9th March - 27th April 2018
  • 10:00 am - 12 noon
  • Contact - Dementia Advisor
  • 024296 6747

Port Stephens - Nelson Bay

  • Tuesdays 20th March - 3rd April 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

South East Sydney - Sylvania

Younger Onset (for under 65's) - Ryde

Hunter - Hexham

  • Tuesdays 1st May - 15th May 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

Hunter - Cameron Park

  • Tuesdays 22nd May - 5th June 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

Northern Beaches - Forestville

Ryde

New England - Tamworth

Central Coast - Glenning Valley

  • Tuesdays 5th June - 17th July 2018
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Contact - integratedliving
  • Ph - 02 4304 9906

Hunter - Toronto

  • Tuesdays - 3rd July - 17th July 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

Hunter - Cessnock

  • Mondays 6th August - 20th August 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

Central Coast - Green Point

  • Tuesdays 2nd October - 13th November 2018
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Contact - integratedliving
  • Ph - 02 4304 9906

Younger Onset (for under 65's) - Ryde Evenings

Port Stephens - Nelson Bay

  • Tuesdays 16th October - 30th October 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146

Ryde

Northern Beaches - Forestville

Hunter - Cameron Park

  • Tuesdays 13th November - 27th November 2018
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact HNELHD - DAS
  • Ph - 02 4924 6146