A new report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows dementia has now overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death among Australian women. Closer to home, the Access Economics Report, “Projections of dementia prevalence and incidence in WA: 2010 – 2050” shows that City of Melville has the highest number of people living with dementia compared to other local government areas in WA.
You are not alone
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 to create a place where people living with dementia are supported and are able to participate in the everyday life of the local community.
Michael Verde, internationally renowned speaker and educator on living well with dementia, visited the City in 2015 and 2017 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.
Inspired by Ardross couple Keith and Wendy Glance, the Memory Cafe is Perth’s first monthly coffee date specifically for people living with dementia.
Hosted by Coffea Fine Espresso in Garden City Shopping Centre, Memory Cafe takes place from 9am to 10.30am on the last Tuesday of every month.
It aims to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment where people living with dementia and their carers can meet and socialise. The Memory Café is a partnership between the City of Melville, Garden City AMP and Alzheimer’s WA and is supported by volunteers from Attitudinal Healing WA.
A diagnosis of dementia does not mean it is not possible to live well. Many people with dementia continue to drive, socialise and hold down satisfying jobs. Even as dementia progresses, people can lead active, healthy lives, carry on with their hobbies and enjoy loving friendships and relationships. Someone with dementia may forget an appointment or tell you the same joke twice, but their condition does not stop them doing the things that matter the most. It is easier for someone to live well with dementia if the people they come into contact with respond in a positive and supportive way. This is why having dementia-friendly communities is so important.
This site will continue to be developed with resources, information and links that may be useful for people living with dementia. Additionally some local members of the Melville Community who live with dementia and their care partners have offered to add their stories to this site via video interviews so monitor this site for additional information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to comment or provide feedback about this site.
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 the dementia experts.
As the dementia experts Alzheimer’s WA works with those living with dementia and the organisations that care and supportthem, 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 Alzheimers WA or call 1300 66 77 88
Art & Soul
The next Art & Soul Workshop series starts this Thursday, 24 May.
The new series runs for 6 weeks and is being held every Thursday at 10am - 12pm, from 24 May - 28 June 2018, in the Blue Gum Community Centre, 33 Moolyeen Rd, Brentwood.
You can book and pay online for the whole series, or individual sessions here: trybooking.com/TTJB.
You can also pay $30 for the whole series at the door on Thursday.
Carers are free, and morning tea and your art supplies are provided.
Our Art Therapist is Iris Whitelock - Art of Life, and the musicians are coordinated by Music Book.
This week we have two fabulous musicians, Matthew O'Keeffe on clarinet and Wyana O'Keeffe on vibraphone. Matt and Wyana are a married couple who enjoy making beautiful music together, and they are looking forward to playing for you.
Musicians for the rest of the series:
31 May - Guitar & Flute
7 June - Cello & Double Bass
14 June - Flute & Piano
21 June - Solo Cello
28 June - Art & Soul Concert with Viola, Bass, Piano, Drums. As this is our final workshop in the series, it will include a special concert and morning tea.
When you're enrolled in the last session of the Art & Soul Workshop you are automatically registered for the concert, morning tea, and exhibition.
Invite your Friends and Family! Here is the link to book for the concert - www.trybooking.com/VJXC
‘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 lives with Younger on Set Alzheimer’s and Jackie his wife both share how they live their life well.
Watch this video interview with Tom Harmon, local Kardinya resident who provides an 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 is a volunteer with Attitudinal Healing WA. This group and trish as a key leader contribute so much to the lives of people living with dementia here in Melville
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