September is Dementia Awareness Month, and Shoalhaven residents and businesses have been encouraged to become dementia-friendly.
Dementia Awareness Month is recognised in September each year, culminating with World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21. This year’s theme is ‘small actions, big difference’.
There are approximately 3,213 people living with dementia in the Gilmore electorate, stretching from Minnamurra to Moruya, according to Dementia Australia research. That figure is expected to grow to nearly 5,000 by 2030.
The illness is commonly associated with memory loss and confusion, but people living with dementia can also experience lesser-known symptoms including vision problems and difficulty ignoring background noise.
There are a few simple changes businesses and organisations can make to better accommodate people living with dementia and their families, according to HammondCare at Home area manager Tammy Makin.
“Subtle changes to things like lighting, colours, signage and menu design can all make a massive difference to someone living with dementia,” Ms Makin said.
“We can all do little things to help everyone remain active and engaged members of the community.”
Hammondcare will host several free workshops for residents and businesses in the Shoalhaven throughout the rest of the month.
Wednesday September 19, 9am-5pm
Wednesday September 26, 9am-5pm
Monday September 17, 11am-3pm
Monday September 24, 11am-3pm
Dementia Awareness workshops for local businesses
Shoalhaven RSL, Junction St Nowra, on Tuesday, October 23 at 10am, 2pm and 6pm.