Alzheimer’s WA, as the leading voice for people living with dementia in Western Australia, advocates for a world where people with dementia and their families are supported on their dementia journey.
Dementia Advocates deliver a perspective on the lived experience of dementia that can only be provided by those on the dementia journey. Alzheimer’s WA has 58 Advocates, 10 of whom are people living with a diagnosis of dementia. Advocates raise awareness at events and fundraising appeals, and present at education and training workshops.
Alzheimer’s WA has been working towards creating Dementia Friendly Communities since 2014. We work with local government, service providers, businesses and the local community to ensure people living with dementia in the community are supported to continue living with meaning, purpose and value.
Recent funding has allowed Alzheimer’s WA to expand the Dementia Friendly Communities project to regional Western Australia. Manjimup and York have been identified as the pilot sites for the first Dementia Friendly Town Communities project. Alzheimer’s WA is working with people living with dementia in the community as well as local businesses, service providers and community members in a whole town approach to address stigma, provide education, support and awareness.
The Dementia Friendly Communities project is the first of its kind in Australia.