Dementia Friendly Talk wrap up – 5 steps to maximise brain health
As part of my role as a ‘Dementia Champion’ for Alzheimer’s Australia SA I organised a forum in Reynella to facilitate connecting community members with information and services available to people living with dementia and their families. It was also an opportunity to promote ‘dementia friendly communities’ – a term used to describe making our local areas more friendly and inclusive to people living with dementia.
Advice from a local carer:
The first speaker, Barrie Anderson, is the primary carer for his wife living with dementia. He shared several key points on his first-hand experience. In brief his touching presentation stressed the importance of having a good network of professional and social support groups, having a good sleep pattern and a good sense of humour, being involved in educating the public about dementia and being open to developing new skills.
Where is help and support available?
The second speaker, Andrew Ramsey from Alzheimer’s Australia SA, outlined key services of this important organisation. They range from one on one support for people living with dementia and their families, to offering a public resource library, supporting research, and providing public education programs to the wider community.
Dementia Friendly Communities
The third speaker, Mr Phil Saunders also from Alzheimer’s Australia SA, focused on how we can support dementia friendly communities. The importance of people living with dementia being able to remain connected and not isolated from society is crucial. Being dementia friendly could be as simple as increasing awareness amongst local community groups and clubs or it could be making changes to local infrastructure and signage.
5 simple steps to maximise your brain health
- Look after your health
- Do some kind of physical exercise
- Mentally Challenge your brain
- Follow a healthy diet
- Enjoy social activity
I sincerely thank the Reynella Neighbourhood Centre and Alzheimer’s Australia SA for their part in making this forum happen. I also extend a special thank you to Barrie for sharing his personal and touching experiences for the benefit of educating the wider community.