Multicultural Dementia Care and Support Centres making an impact

Chandra attends the Dementia Care & Support Centre program.

Australian Multicultural Community Service (AMCS) has recently added Dementia Care and Support Centres to its range of community support initiatives, with no cost to attendees.

Within a short space of time, the feedback from carers and their loved one is extremely positive and more centres are opening on a demand-basis.

The aim of the centres is to recognise and assist both the carer and their loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia. Appreciating that the carer faces many practical and emotional challenges in their role, the centres assist by empowering carers through education and wellbeing sessions and enabling them to meet other carers and share experiences and ideas. They have the opportunity to meet in a friendly and safe environment and to receive mentoring support from experienced professionals.

The program enables people with dementia to engage in activities that are suited to their abilities in a welcoming group setting.

Christina and Chandra have been attending the program along with their carers, Cooper and Praveena. Together, they have formed a friendship and are often chatting and laughing during group activities and enjoying their free lunch! Sharing life stories and experienceshas brought a strong connection.

Carer feedback includes,”It’s a great place to meet other carers and share experiences. It’s a safe place where you can learn and laugh. I don’t feel alone anymore”.

The FREE Dementia Care and Support Centre program runs over five sessions. For further information call AMCS (03) 9689 9170