Dementia Aware - February 2018

Dementia Aware newsletter

Welcome to our March edition.

This month we share details of our upcoming "Ask the Expert" series, presented by Jason Burton, Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation, and feature our Social Support Groups, as well as invite you to register for the Mary Chester House Open Day.

Don't forget March is our Chocolate Block Challenge month.  Register now to give up chocolate for 31 days and raise funds to help people living with dementia in WA.
Download our member publication, Milestones
Alzheimer’s WA provides a wide range of dementia specialist education for families, aged and health care professionals and the general public. Please visit our website to view the current schedule of training and workshops. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 66 77 88 or

Bookings are essential.


Music in Dementia Care Workshop, Shenton Park  14 March 2018

Positive Dementia Care Workshop, Shenton Park  26 March 2018

Supporting Patients with Cognitive Impairment
to Achieve Better Outcomes in Hospital   
27 March 2018

Dementia Skill Set - 1 May - 4 September 2018

The Dementia Skill Set is ideal to develop the education and knowledge of those staff already working with people living with dementia*.
It further explores the skills required for:

  • expertly communicating with the person living with dementia
  • recognising an unmet need
  • enhancing a person centred approach
  • identifying potential conflict and complex situations
  • responding effectively to the person to promote their wellbeing
*This is a prerequisite
For more information and eligibility criteria, please click HERE, or call Lyn Jude or Veronica Keltie on (08) 9388-2800

Dementia in your Regional Community

Alzheimer's WA is visiting regional towns
(including Pemberton, Denmark, Wagin, Esperance, Lake Grace, Augusta, Katanning,
and Corrigin
) this March and April to talk to the community about how they can help their town to
be a Dementia Friendly Community.  Join us to learn about dementia, and how you can help people living with dementia to feel supported and valued in
their community.

Free to attend, the talks will last approximately 1 hour. 
Light refreshments provided at each event.

For more information and a full list of venues, dates and times, please click HERE, or contact the Dementia Friendly Communities team on 1300 66 77 88 or email

Supporting Social Interaction and Activity

Alzheimer's WA provides a wide range of Social Support Groups throughout the Perth metro area. Recently, some new groups have been formed which are proving to be a lot of fun for those involved.

Groups include :

  • Kalamunda Coffee Club - meets every Wednesday from 10am-12pm
  • Rockingham Walking Group - meets every Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Ladies of Leisure (for those ladies with Younger Onset Dementia or in the early stages of their condition) - meets at Shenton park, every Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Volunteering Conservation Groups - meets weekly, various locations
If you or your loved one are living with dementia and would like to be involved in any of our social groups, please contact our Customer Support Team on 1300 66 77 88 or email  

Do you have what it takes?

Do you have what it takes to survive on the memories of chocolate to help people living with dementia? Sign up to the Chocolate Block Challenge today and pledge yourself to 31 days without chocolate this March.

Imagine for a moment what it might be like to lose your memory of amazing joys like the taste of chocolate, or even the liberty to pop up to the shops and indulge your taste buds for a magical moment. Unfortunately, this could be the reality for someone who is living with dementia.

For a short time in March, we are asking you to last only on your memories of chocolate to raise money for the 34,000 people living with dementia in Western Australia. The Chocolate Block Challenge is perfectly timed too, so you don’t miss out on a chocoholics most celebrated time of year… Easter!

Managing Your Financial Future - 16 March

If you are worried about your current financial position and how it will look in the future, this seminar is for you.

Nick Bruining, an experienced financial planner, has teamed up with Alzheimer's WA, to provide a special, free workshop designed specifically for the families of those living with dementia.

The seminar covers planning for the future, getting the basics right, Centrelink advice, how to access your superannuation, insurance payouts, tax information, and many other tricks of the trade to help you navigate the future-finances minefield.

There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the morning. 

Please be advised this seminar is only available to people
living with dementia and their carers.

For more information, and to register, please click on the button below, or call 1300 66 77 88.

Ask the Expert Series 2018 - 6 April, Shenton Park ; 19 April, Falcon ;  1 May, Middle Swan ;
2 May, Joondalup

These unique workshops are an opportunity for carers of people who are living with dementia in the community to hear from Alzheimer's WA's
Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation, Jason Burton.

Topics include :
  • The latest research findings into cause and treatment of dementia
  • What can be done to help people living with dementia now
  • How our communities are becoming more dementia friendly
Please note these events are for those supporting people living with dementia and are not suitable for professionals or students.

For more information, please contact the Alzheimer's WA Customer Support Team on 1300 66 77 88, or email

Mary Chester House Open Day - 7 April

Are you a person living with dementia, or caring
for a person with dementia?   Join us to learn
more about dementia and the services and
support available to help you live well with dementia.

The Open Day includes :
  • Guided tour of Mary Chester House - see our overnight short-stay accommodation and Men's Shed
  • Information on our carer support services
  • Advice about navigating aged care services
  • Family activities throughout the day
  • Free BBQ lunch
  • Presentations and Q&A sessions
For more information, please call 1300 66 77 88 or email or click on the button below to register.

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