Community invited to join the Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance
Published on 17 November 2022
Ku-ring-gai Council is inviting the community and local organisations to attend the first Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance meeting to be held on Tuesday 29 November. At the meeting Council is seeking a diverse range of perspectives to provide input on an Action Plan which will help create a dementia friendly community in Ku-ring-gai.
The purpose of the Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance is to reduce the social isolation of people living with dementia and ensure that their family and carers are consulted in decision making. The alliance also aims to support those living with dementia enjoy a full life and to encourage understanding, acceptance and inclusion by all members of our community.
The upcoming Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance meeting will define the purpose of the alliance and first steps in developing an Action Plan based on the template provided by Dementia Australia. It will also discuss committee positions and the aims and responsibilities allocated to sub-committees.
Mayor Jeff Pettett said setting up the Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance is part of Council’s commitment to create a Dementia Friendly Community.
“The latest Census results show that we have a high proportion of adults aged over 70 and with age, unfortunately the risk of brain disease such as dementia increases.”
“As a result it is especially important that those living in our community with any form of dementia, and their family and friends, feel confident and happy stepping into and participating in public spaces”.
“We can make public encounters far easier for those living with dementia in many ways, including learning how to respond to their varied needs, providing welcoming activities and programs, creating environments with neurodiversity in mind, and educating customer-facing staff in retail and commercial organisations”.
Bookings to attend the Ku-ring-gai Dementia Alliance meeting can be made at krg.nsw.gov.au/kd
Media enquiries: Neha Malhotra Ku-ring-gai Council 9424 0000.