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

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 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

Suggested reading:
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

Suggested reading:
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

Suggested reading:
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

Suggested reading:
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

Suggested reading:
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.