Living with Dementia program - NSW (formerly Living with Memory Loss program)

If you are living with early stage dementia or are a family carer for someone with dementia, you are welcome to join our early intervention program.

You will get information and support through sharing your experiences with a small group of others in a similar situation. Read the brochure for more information.

What is the purpose of the Program?

Research shows this type of program can reduce the sense of isolation, distress and depression and increase the self esteem of people with or caring for someone with dementia, increase knowledge of local services and gain positive perceptions of dementia.

From a person with dementia - "It has been good meeting others, you feel less alone"

What happens at the sessions?

At each session two groups meet concurrently, one for people with dementia, and one for their family members. Programs generally consist of seven sessions of two hours run on a weekly basis. Groups are limited to ten participants to give you the opportunity to:

  • Tell your story of memory loss
  • Reflect on the impact of the diagnosis
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care
  • Enhance your skills for communicating with others
  • Learn techniques for problem solving
  • Extend your knowledge about legal and financial issues

After the Program, a carer commented "I am more mindful of the skill involved in communicating more effectively with the person I care for..."

Ongoing support is also available to provide social contact and further educational opportunities. More information is available on the program brochure.

Who can attend?

Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis of dementia.

If you are interested in receiving information about the Living with Dementia  program please contact the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

email if you would like more information on this or any other programs.

Health Professionals - referrals to Living With Dementia program

If you are a health professional wanting to make a referral to the Program, please complete the referral form and fax it to 02 8875 4665.

Programs scheduled for 2017

NB programs are continually being planned across the state - details will be published as they become available.

 

Illawarra - Dapto

  • Fridays 4th August - 15th September 2017
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4296 6747

Northern Beaches - Forestville

North Coast - Port Macquarie

  • Thursdays 10th August - 24th August 2017 
  • 10:00 am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 6584 7444

Northern Beaches - Forestville (4w)

Hunter - Cameron Park

  • Tuesdays 29th August 5th & 12th September 2017
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4924 6146

Southern Highlands - Goulburn

  • Fridays 8th 15th & 22nd September 2017
  • 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Alzheimer's Australia NSW - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4869 5651

Hunter - Hexham

  • Tuesdays  19th 26th September & 3rd October 2017
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4924 6146

Central Coast - Green Point

  • Tuesday 3rd October - 14th November 2017
  • 10:30 am - 12:30pm
  • Contact - Delphis Australia
  • 02 4324 4244

North Coast - Port Macquarie

  • Thursdays 5th October - 19th October 2017
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 6584 7444

Younger Onset - (for under 65's) - Ryde

Hunter - Fletcher

  • Tuesdays 17th 24th & 31st October 2017
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4924 6146

Ryde

Hunter - Port Stephens

  • Mondays 30th October - 6th & 13th November 2017
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Contact - Dementia Advisory Service
  • 02 4924 6146

Western Sydney - Rouse Hill