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Your Side is working with Northern Beaches Council to make our area a Dementia Friendly Community.

Dementia Friendly Communities are places where people living with dementia feel safe and supported to live well. In these communities, people living with dementia feel understood and valued.

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the primary cause of death for women in Australia.

It’s estimated that each day 250 people are affected and the number of new cases will increase to over 300 people per day by 2025 and double that by 2050 (Dementia Australia).

With an ageing population, there are a growing number of people living with dementia:

  • There are currently 6,313 people living with dementia on the Northern Beaches which is expected to increase by 151% by 2058.
  • The prevalence of dementia in the Pittwater area is expected to increase by 133%  by 2050

Northern Beaches Dementia Alliance

The Northern Beaches Dementia Alliance will govern the project activities including community education sessions, an intergenerational education program and music therapy.

How can you get involved?

  1. Join the Project Working Party

  2. Join the Northern Beaches Dementia Advisory Group

  3. Join the mailing list

For more information, contact the project manager:

Ilsa Bird - Aged Care Sector Support Coordinator, Northern Sydney Region ilsab@yourside.org.au or 1300 134 332

Local services for those living with dementia and their carers

Community Connect Northern Beaches

Community Connect Northern Beaches offer a range of local groups and programs for those caring with people living with dementia: 9931 7750.

Community Care Northern Beaches

Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB) can support people living with dementia and their carers through the Dementia Advisory Service: 1300 002 262.

The National Dementia Helpline

The National Dementia Helpline is a free, confidential phone support service which operates nationally from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and provides information about: 1800 100 500.

  • Dementia and memory loss
  • Ways to reduce the risk of dementia
  • Government support services including My Aged Care, the Carer Gateway and Centrelink
  • Services in your area
  • Emotional support to help manage the impact of dementia

Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at The University of Tasmania currently runs two MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) – the Understanding Dementia MOOC and the Preventing Dementia MOOC. Both courses are free of charge.

Dementia prevention resources

View some dementia prevention videos and resources from our community forums