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Forest Hill: Whitehorse’s first dementia-friendly community

12 Oct 2017

Whitehorse City Council is working with a group of local organisations to make Forest Hill a community where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

Whitehorse Councillor Raylene Carr said there were an estimated 1383 people in Forest Hill currently living with dementia, and Council was committed to an innovative approach to supporting those with dementia, their carers and loved ones.

“The steps to becoming a dementia-friendly community vary, but include listening to what is important for people living with the condition. Council also aims to organise a local dementia alliance to include people living with dementia, and promote social engagement opportunities for people with dementia,” Cr Carr said.

“Raising awareness in the community is also important to dispel myths and provide information. This will also help Forest Hill’s local organisations and businesses to become dementia-friendly.”

Those interested in getting involved can take part in a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFC_ForestHill or contact Council’s Community Development Department – Healthy Ageing Officer Kim Rosenfeld for a copy of the survey at kim.rosenfeld@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone 9262 7530.

This project is supported by Whitehorse City Council, Inner East Primary Care Partnership, Carrington Health, Care3, EACH, Uniting East Burwood, Home Instead Senior Care and Villa Maria Catholic Homes.

For more information, visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au


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