Melville Age Friendly Living Well with Dementia

Living Well with Dementia in Melville

The City of Melville is committed to supporting our community to live well with dementia, as well as supporting measures to prevent its onset. As part of this commitment, the City aligns its Age-friendly Melville Plan with the Dementia-friendly Communities framework, as outlined by Alzheimer’s WA (AWA), and works in close partnership with AWA and Dementia Australia to create a place where people living with dementia are supported and are able to participate in everyday life of the local community.

Dementia Action Week 2020

Monday 21 September is the start of Dementia Action Week 2020. ‘Dementia. A little support makes a lot of difference.’

Did you know that Melville has the 2nd highest number of people living with dementia compared to other local governments in WA?

During Dementia Action Week, we will be putting up tips on how we, as a community, can support people living with dementia to live active and rich lives many years after diagnosis.

  • Day 5: Remind me – Remind me with clever technology

Clever technology can support people to live better with dementia.  Like alarms with voice reminders, wireless key locators and digital photo books to remember loved ones. Create your family photo book online now. Visit for more information.

  • Day 6: Initiative – Help me plan my own social life

Dementia doesn’t have to keep your loved one from being socially active. If they want to make their own plan, you can support them. Download Dementia Australia’s social planner and Zoom tips for people living with dementia. Visit for more information.

  • Day 7: Health – Encourage me to stay active and healthy

Staying physically healthy is important for people living with dementia. Exercise, a healthy diet and regular check-ups can all help people with dementia to live better. Visit for more information.

For more information about dementia please visit Dementia Australia or Alzheimers WA

Michael Verde

Michael Verde, internationally renowned speaker and educator on living well with dementia, has visited the city regularly since 2015 in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Attitudinal Healing WA. Feedback described his presentations as inspiring and life changing.

Michael believes that outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connection. He talked of the social and emotional isolation experienced by people living with dementia and provided practical skills for families, friends and carers to help break down the barriers caused by the disease.

Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia represents the 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. For more information visit Dementia Australia.

Dementia-friendly communities

A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

Dementia Australia has developed resources to assist all Australians to get a better understanding of what they can do to contribute to a dementia-friendly nation.

For more information visit

Free phone and email support service

The National Dementia Helpline is open nationally from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. A message service is available so if you call outside operating hours, we’ll call you back the next working day. More information.

Alzheimer's WA

If you require further information about living with dementia, or if you have concerns about a family member or friend, please contact Alzheimer's WA.

As the dementia experts, Alzheimer's WA works with those living with dementia, and the organisations that care and support them, to have the greatest beneficial impact on their dementia journey. Their client services, advocacy work, training, and consultancy programs are based on a philosophy of understanding the lived experience of dementia. We are guided by people living with dementia and our approach views dementia as a holistic experience for the person rather than just a biological illness.

To find out more visit Alzheimer's WA or call 1300 667 788.


"The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own".

Listen to local residents Keith and Wendy Glance talk about the things that made a positive impact on their lives while living with dementia.

Andy and Jackie

Jackie and Andy Creighan live in Melville. Andy, who lives with Younger on Set Alzheimer's, and his wife, Jackie, both share how they live their life well.

Tom Harmon

A local Kardinya resident who provides insight into living well with dementia, and how every member in the community can contribute to the quality of life for those individuals living with this and other disabilities.

Trish Halvorsen

Trish is a volunteer with Attitudinal Healing WA and contributes to the lives of people living with dementia here in Melville.

Memory Café

We are sad to announce, that after nearly four years, the Westfield Booragoon Memory Café held at Coffea Fine Espresso (Food Court) will close. Coffea Fine Espresso had to shut their doors in the Food Court on Sunday 2nd August, 2020. We would like to wish Euro and his staff all the best and thank them for four wonderful years.  On a happier note, the City of Melville and Hawaiian Melville are excited to announce that another Memory Café will be opening in September, see below for more information.

Cibo Sabo, Melville Plaza

Venue:  Cibo Sabo, Hawaiian Melville (near the outdoor parklet).

Date: Held the last Tuesday of each month. (except January, Memory Café will be held on the 19th January)

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am

Cost: Free to attend, food and beverages at own cost

Bookings: No need to book, just come along and enjoy.

A partnership between the City of Melville, Hawaiian Melville and Cibo Sabo

LoveFest Perth 2018

LoveFest Perth 2018 was hosted by the City of Melville and supported with a Community Partnership Funding Grant.

LoveFest is an initiative of the Museum of Love, which was established in 2017 to develop, collect, preserve and display items celebrating the importance of love in the lives of people living with dementia.

LoveFest privileged the voices of people with dementia and their families through narrative and art based approaches to engage local community members and service providers in creating an age and dementia-friendly community and services. LoveFest activities included:

  1. Small Acts of Love: presentations by people with dementia, their family and friends exploring the importance and nature of love - the challenges and response strategies.
  2. The Kiss: portraits of local people living with dementia kissing a person they love
  3. Letters of Love & Dementia: writing letters to people with dementia
  4. The Mirror: photographs of people with dementia living their lives
  5. Dance: a workshop exploring the importance of belonging
  6. Bowery: a collection of information about great local services for people with dementia and their families and friends.

    See the resource attached for an outline of the above.

    Thanks and acknowledgement for the inaugural LoveFest in May 2018 which was bought to Perth by GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc (GRAI) and with the support of the City of Melville and Alzheimer's WA as well as The Care Side, Hall and Prior Health and Aged Care Group, Chorus, SouthCare, Garden City Shopping Centre, Heart to Heart Connections, Consultivation and Lisa White, The Social Photographer.

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