Shoalhaven residents and businesses have been encouraged to become dementia-friendly, with a series of upcoming workshops.
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.
On April 1, HammondCare will host a free exercise class and community information session about falls avoidance at Bomaderry Bowling Club.
Held from 9.30am, the event will highlight 'April Falls Day', which promotes falls prevention for all patients and assists older people to stay fall-free in the community.
On May 7, HammondCare will host a workshop on how businesses and organisations can better accommodate people living with dementia and their families.
According to HammondCare, subtle changes to things like lighting, colours, signage and menu design can all make a massive difference to someone living with dementia.
The workshop will be held at Berry uniting Church from 10am to 2pm.
For more information visit www.hammondcare.com.au.