This breakout session includes the following two topics: Port Macquarie Four Seasons in one Dementia Day program and What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
Julie Priest, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Port Macquarie Four Seasons in one Dementia Day program: Aim: Case study of the Port Macquarie-Hastings dementia-friendly community activities over the four seasons of the 2018/2019 financial year.
Takeaway knowledge: Portability of the activities for other Councils and communities to replicate.
Key message: Activities as interrupters and normalisers. Doing “Dementia Friendly” events that engage the media and community.
Background about project: How a $15k Dementia Australia grant and a cracking DFC Steering Committee can engage the community. Our ambitious 12 month programme of putting dementia-friendly design at the forefront of our events, activities and built environment.
Winter 2018 – Dementia Pop-Ups Soup Cafes in Wauchope, Laurieton and Port Macquarie. Taking the ‘how to be a dementia mate’ conversation to the dinner table.
Spring 2018– Giant Book Club event at the Library. Cheese, wine and a robust discussion with a panel of book enthusiasts and health professionals about Dementia in Fiction. Does the advent of themed books hinder or help? Do they merely entertain? Or can fiction help to enlighten and create empathy?
Summer 2019 – ‘Hands on History’ Art Exhibition. A series of workshops for people living with dementia. The workshops explore the Port Macquarie convict history with tactile objects and out-of-the-box art creation. Creating an exhibition at the Port Macquarie Museum during Seniors Week.
Autumn 2019 – Artwalk – Special pre-view screening of a 3 minute video installation which is created by people living with dementia and an animator. This will be projected onto the wall of a Port Macquarie CBD building during Port Macquarie’s ArtWalk night-time Festival.
Built Environment – beach toilets, footpaths, carpet in community halls; these are a few of our favourite things that are designed for enabling a dementia-friendly community.
Kara Nicholson, Omnicare Alliance
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?: In this session Kara will outline what a Dementia Friendly Community is and what you need to do to start your own community on the path to becoming Dementia Friendly. She will also discuss what businesses can do to support the program locally and the importance of having supporting and enabling environments.