Have you ever thought about becoming a Dementia Friend?
Dementia Australia’s Dementia Friends initiative is a program to raise awareness of dementia in our community. Amanda Keogh, Business Development Manager at Prestige Inhome Care, became a dementia friend last year and it has given her valuable insight into the loneliness and isolation that people living with dementia and their families often experience.
Now that Amanda is a Dementia Friend, she has gained knowledge around the impact of living with dementia has on individuals and families.
A study conducted by Dementia Australia showed that Australians ‘don’t know how to talk to people with dementia’, leading to social isolation and loneliness for many people living with the disease.
The Dementia Friends program aims to increase the awareness of dementia and help people living with dementia to feel connected and included in their community.
Amanda’s involvement as a dementia friend has led her to join a local Dementia Alliance (Woollahra Dementia Alliance) which is working toward having a positive impact for those living with dementia, by creating more dementia friendly communities within our local government area.
“Whether that be through local businesses, café’s or schools. By creating more awareness in the community, hopefully we will remove some of the stigma surrounding people living with dementia” says Amanda.
Amanda now holds education sessions for others who would like to become a dementia friend and would encourage all workplaces, in particular, to have as many employees as possible register and become a Dementia Friend.
It is really simple to register. You can sign up online which gives you access to short videos and information.
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If you or a loved one living with dementia are in need of support contact our friendly team to discuss your options on 1300 10 30 10. To learn more about our dementia care services head to our Dementia Care page.