Your Side are 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 86% by 2058.
- The prevalence of dementia in the Pittwater area is expected to increase by 133% by 2050
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?
- Join the Project Working Party
- Join the Northern Beaches Dementia Advisory Group
- Join the mailing list
For more information, contact the project manager:
Ilsa Bird - Aged Care Sector Support Coordinator, Northern Sydney Region firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 134 332
Dementia Prevention - Community Forums
We aim to support dementia prevention by providing useful resources as well as links to support and services.
Many of the videos and resources you’ll see below have been sourced from four of our Preventing Dementia community forums held at Balgowlah, Dee Why, Avalon and Forestville in May 2018.
Successful ageing, dementia and reducing your risk
Professor Susan Kurrle, University of Sydney
Read Professor Kurrle's presentation slides.
The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre aims to improve the lives of people with dementia by developing, communicating, and implementing research that improves care.
The Physical Comordities of Dementia 2018 is a useful booklet for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
The Lancet Commission on dementia aims to review the best available evidence and produce recommendations on how to best manage, or even prevent, the dementia epidemic.
Memory Problems – Information for people with dementia and their carers.
Healthy brain ageing, the importance of sleep and exercise
Professor Sharon Naismith, Clinical Neuropsychologist and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dementia Leadership Fellow and Head of the Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
Read Professor Naismith's presentation slides.
The Brain and Mind Centre develops research and treatment for conditions of the brain and mind. This includes the Healthy Brain Ageing Program, a one-of-a-kind early intervention clinic for dementia.
Risk factors and tips to change your behaviour
Dr Dave Jenkins, Medical Director, End Alzheimer’s
Read Dr Jenkin's presentation slides
SharpBrains is a market research firm tracking health and performance applications of brain science.
BeBrainFit is a consumer resource for information about maintaining and improving cognitive and mental health.
Dr Dale Bredesen’s research and insights into the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s.
What is dementia and strategies to prevent it
Dr Pratishtha Chatterjee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University
Read Dr Chatterjee's presentation slides
Disease: A Journey from Amyloid Peptides and Oxidative Stress, to Biomarker Technologies and Disease Prevention Strategies in erythrocyte fatty acid composition in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease
Your brain matters: five steps to maximise brain health
Paddye Parnell, Brain Health Awareness Partners Projects Officer, Dementia Australia
Read Paddye Parnell's presentation slides
Your Brain Matters is Dementia Australia’s evidence based program detailing the Five Simple Steps you can do to live a brain healthy life to help reduce the risk of developing dementia. Includes links to brain resources and tools.
Dementia Daily provides latest news on dementia research, fact sheets and links to stories of people with dementia and their families, forums and blogs.
Brain health, the importance of social and cognitive activities
Associate Professor Lee-Fay, Professor in Ageing and Health, University of Sydney
Read Professor Lee-Fay's presentation slides
Local services for those living with dementia and their carers
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 (CCNB) can support people living with dementia and their carers through the Dementia Advisory Service: 1300 002 262.
The National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.
The National Dementia Helpline is a free, confidential phone support service which operates nationally from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and provides information about.
- 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
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.