In a recent survey of community members in regional Western Australia more than 50% of respondents believed there was a stigma associated with a diagnosis of dementia. When asked to provide an example of stigma they had witnessed, the comments revealed a common theme:
- ‘Friends stop visiting, they don’t know what to say or do around a person with dementia’
- ‘People with dementia are ignored by others around them’
- ‘People with dementia are aggressive, and have problems interacting socially’
- ‘Retail staff are rude and impatient with customers who have dementia’
- ‘Aged care facilities have a poor reputation when it comes to dementia’
- ‘Aged care and retail staff are not trained to deal with dementia’
Free information sessions
Alzheimer’s WA is working towards reducing the stigma associated with dementia with their Dementia Friendly Communities project, which is supported by the WA Country Health Service. As part of the project, Alzheimer’s WA will be visiting 14 towns in regional Western Australia throughout March and April to talk to local community members about how they can help their town to be a dementia friendly community.
The free ‘What is Dementia’ community information sessions will run for approximately one hour each and light refreshments will be provided. Locations and details of the information sessions are listed on our website.
In addition to the information sessions, Alzheimer’s WA will be present in the Home and Lifestyle Pavilion at the Wagin Woolorama on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March.
To register your interest in attending one of the free information sessions, please email email@example.com or call 1300 66 77 88.
Dementia Friendly Communities training for Manjimup and York
Manjimup and York are pilot sites for Australia’s first ever Dementia Friendly Community towns in their entirety. Alzheimer’s WA is working with people living with dementia as well as local businesses, service providers and the wider community in a whole of town approach to help to address the stigma associated with dementia.
As part of Alzheimer’s WA’s ongoing commitment to the towns of Manjimup and York, free training sessions will be held for community members and frontline business staff.
Refreshments will be provided and each 1½ hour training session will cover the following topics:
- What is dementia
- How to recognise the symptoms
- How to communicate with a person living with dementia in your community and workplace
- Steps you can take to enrich your community and workplace
The training sessions will be held on 1 March 2018 in York, and on 10 April 2018 in Manjimup.
Bookings are essential for these training sessions. To make a booking, or for further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 66 77 88.