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A Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia Friendly

A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live with meaning, purpose and value. Dementia-friendly communities encourage organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals to make practical changes that will have a positive impact on the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. 

The essence of a dementia-friendly community is to support people with dementia to be involved in activities and opportunities for social engagement that provide meaning and purpose in their lives for as long as possible. Social and community groups play a key role in facilitating this.

Did you know these dementia facts? 

  • Our federal electoral divisions of Cowper and Lyne are both in the top 10 in Australia for prevalence of dementia. 
  • The Port Macquarie State electorate has an estimated 1,857 people with dementia. This is the third highest prevalence in NSW. 
  • Council coordinates the Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Community Steering Committee, which was founded by Leslie Williams MP. 
  • People living with dementia are members of the Committee which has developed our “Four Seasons” programme.

We got a grant

Council has received a $15,000 grant from Dementia Australia for a dementia-friendly communities programme. The grant is to support Council to create local dementia-friendly activities and to help build greater awareness, acceptance and understanding of dementia in the community.

Get with the programme

“Four Seasons in One Dementia Day” is our series of four dementia-friendly community activities over four seasons.

Winter 2018: 3 x Pop-Up Soup Cafes

One-day pop-up soup cafés were held in Wauchope, Laurieton and Port Macquarie, during July. Students from Newman Senior Technical College prepared the soups under the tutelage of the chefs at St Agnes Parish Food Services.

Workers and the wider community 'popped in'  to buy a delicious $5 soup and be served by someone living with dementia. A very successful event and all proceeds are going towards the purchase of outdoor garden furniture for the Port Macquarie 'Memory Garden'.


Spring 2018: Unforgettable Book Chat

The Port Macquarie Library hosted a Dementia in fiction book club on the 11 September 2018. Attendees enjoyed free canapés, drinks and a robust discussion with a panel of book enthusiasts and health professionals about Dementia in fiction. "Does the advent of themed books hinder or help? do they merely entertain? Or can fiction help to enlighten and create empathy?"

Port Macquarie Library has a large collection of Dementia in fiction books - borrow one today! For further information please refer to  2018 Dementia Friendly Unforgettable Book Chat Reading List732KB pdf(PDF, 732KB)

Summer 2019: Hands on History Photographic Exhibition

On 13 February 2019 Port Macquarie Library opened the Hand on History Photographic Exhibition. Local seniors living with memory loss participated in re-enactments at historic locations in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton. Under the tutelage of the TimeSlips facilitator and creative ageing practitioner Lisa Hort, the seniors learnt how to use iPads to photograph the scenes. The workshops explored themes of the Bicentenary which was launched by Mayor Peta Pinson. The photographic exhibition was open from 13 February 2019 to 21 February 2019 and was part of the Seniors Week 2019. Port Macquarie Museum was also involved in supplying the historic costumes.

Hands on History Photographic Exhibition 3  Hands on History Photographic Exhibition 4


Autumn 2019: ArtWalk

ArtWalk is an annual Council event that brings a sense of super-saturated colour and creativity to the CBD. The event includes the projection of giant animated video projections onto the walls of CBD buildings; bands and living artists and attracts an audience of over 10,000.

In 2019, Artwalk featured a dementia-friendly art video, which was projected onto a CBD building. A series of 6 workshops with people living with memory loss, guided by artist Lisa Hort and animator Katherine Appleby create a site-specific video projection with seniors learning stop-motion animation techniques.  ArtWalk will also include a dementia-friendly guided walking tour on the night.


Want to get involved?

To be part of the Dementia Friendly Community Steering Committee please contact Council’s Inclusion Officer on telephone 6581 8111 or email: julie.priest@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

We can’t do this without you

A huge thank you to the team working with Council to deliver this ambitious “Four Seasons” programme. 


Find out more about Dementia Friendly

Visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au

This page was last updated on: 25 September 2019