Inaugural dementia focus group a positive start
The Myall Lakes Electorate is continuing to make strides in the effort to become more dementia friendly.
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead joined members of the Forster-Tuncurry Dementia Friendly Steering Committee, community organisations, carers and dementia impacted residents for an inaugural focus group roundtable.
The meeting took place on Friday, July 1 at the Centrebase Respite Building, Forster.
“With an increasing rate of dementia in Myall Lakes, and as we have the highest proportion of people aged over 65 in NSW and the second highest prevalence of people suffering from dementia, it is essential that we do our best to assist their everyday lives,” Mr Bromhead said.
Steering committees have been established in Forster/Tuncurry and Taree/Wingham with representatives from organisations including Lions, Rotary, Probus, Quota, Mid-Coast Council and Alzheimer’s Australia, all of which have a common goal to help people with dementia and their carers.
“It was great to be a part of this inaugural Forster/Tuncurry focus group meeting,” Mr Bromhead said.
“It’s really important that we engage with people living with dementia and assist their carers where we can.”
Mr Bromhead stressed the importance of a continued push to making the Myall Lakes even more dementia friendly.
“We can’t just sit back with our heads in the sand and wait for the train to crash,” he said.
“Other cities and regions have set up coordinating bodies whose purpose is to help communities with some simple things that can help people with dementia.
“With little changes we can potentially have big outcomes.
“This is just the beginning of the process and I encourage anyone with an interest in assisting the steering committee to get in touch with me at my office on 6555 4099,” Mr Bromhead said.
The second Forster/Tuncurry dementia friendly focus group meeting will take place from 10.30am on Friday, July 15 at the Centrebase Respite Building, Forster – adjacent to the Council Chambers.