Dementia Support Group – Expressions of Interest

NCN Health Community Development Officer Nicole Wells is calling for expressions of interest from community members who have a friend, family member or loved one with dementia to form a local support group.

The purpose of the group would be to share experiences and provide support and access to resources that people living with dementia, their friends, families and carers may not realise are available to them.

The call comes as NCN Health recognises Dementia Action Week which is 21 – 27 September. Dementia Action Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the disease, who is affected and how the community can provide support.

Nearly half a million Australians are affected by Dementia, a figure that is expected to double in the next 25 years. There is a common misunderstanding that dementia sufferers are mainly old, frail and living in care.

In fact, many people living with dementia are able to live active lives for years after their diagnosis, they continue to make important contributions to the community, make choices for themselves and engage with family and friends.

Many people living with dementia are often cared for by family members, friends and loved ones, particularly as their health deteriorates. It is during this time that access to information, resources and support from the community is so important.

NCN Health would like to hear from anyone who lives with, cares for or loves someone with dementia. If you are interested in learning more about our ideas for a support network, please contact NCN Health Community Development Officer, Nicole Wells on (03) 5862 0555 or email at nicole.wells@ncnhealth.org.au.

Click here for more information on Dementia Action Week.

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