Free dementia support info sessions

Dementia Australia is bringing free information sessions to the South Burnett. (iStock)

Information sessions about dementia will be rolled out across the South Burnett next week.

Dementia Australia is offering support to those, who are worried about their own memory or someone they know who many have dementia, in the South Burnett and Gympie regions between 10 and 13 June.

These free sessions are an opportunity for people living with dementia, their carers, family, and friends to attend free education to better understand dementia and to discuss the support and services Dementia Australia can provide.

Dementia Australia reported that it is estimated there are around 82,270 people living with dementia in Queensland. Without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to increase to around 168,300 people living with dementia by 2054.

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

This session provides and introduction to dementia including an overview of different types of dementia, diagnosis, planning ahead and how to support someone living with dementia.

Monday 10 June, 4pm-5.30pm in Kingaroy

Wednesday 12 June, 11am-12.30pm in Gympie

Wednesday 12 June, 4pm-5.30pm in Wondai

WORRIED ABOUT YOUR MEMORY?

This session provides information on memory and common changes that may occur with ageing. It provides strategies for improving memory, when to seek help about your concerns and services provided by Dementia Australia.

Monday 10 June, 1pm-3:30pm in Kingaroy

Thursday 13 June, 3pm-5:30pm in Wondai

CHAT WITH A DEMENTIA SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Come say hello and have a chat to one of our Dementia Support Specialists about dementia and supports available.

Tuesday 11 June, 11am-12:30pm in Kingaroy

Thursday 13 June, 2pm-3pm in Wondai

EDIE FOR FAMILY CARERS

This session enhances knowledge of dementia through virtual reality technology that allows participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia.

Tuesday 11 June, 1pm-4pm in Kingaroy

Thursday 13 June, 9:30am-12:30pm in Wondai

IT STARTS WITH YOU

If you are passionate about your local community and want to make it more dementia-friendly, then this session is for you.

Tuesday 11 June, 9:30am-11am in Kingaroy

Wednesday 12 June, 9am-10:30am in Gympie

SESSIONS FOR CARERS

Carer Wellness Program: This group session is designed to support positive health and wellbeing outcomes for a carer, family or friend of a person living with dementia.

Wednesday 12 June, 9am-2:30pm in Kingaroy

Carer Gateway Information Session: This session provides information for families and carers on how to access free dementia specific services including counselling, coaching, connecting with other carers, practical assistance, planned and emergency respite.

Thursday 13 June, 1pm-2pm in Wondai

Bookings are essential. Visit: https://www.dementia.org.au/brain-hub-qld-south-burnett-and-gympie-regions for details and to register.

You can also call the National Dementia Helpline to register for this course on 1800 100 500.