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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

When: 6pm Tuesday 11 September

Where: Port Macquarie Library

Cost: Free

You are invited to enjoy free canapes, 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?  

 View the poster.288KB pdf(PDF, 288KB) For catering purposes please RSVP to our Library team on 6581 8755 or

Summer 2019: Hands on History

 You’re invited to the opening of the Hands on History Photographic Exhibition.

11am Wednesday 13 February 2019 at the Port Macquarie Library (includes free morning tea)

The Exhibition is open 13 February to 21 February 2019.

Local seniors participated in re-enactments at historic locations in Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton. Under the tutelage of 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.

  View the invitation flyer502KB pdf(PDF, 502KB)

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 will feature a dementia-friendly art video to be projected onto a CBD building. A series of workshops with people living dementia, guided by a dementia friendly artist and a video artist will create the site-specific video projection. ArtWalk will also include a dementia-friendly guided walking tour on the night.

Want to get involved?

To be part of the programme contact Council’s Inclusion Officer on telephone 6581 8111 or email:

We can’t do this without you

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


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This page was last updated on: 11 January 2019