Dementia

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Although most people with dementia are older, it can affect people of all ages. Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, which impacts thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday tasks.

A dementia-friendly Woollahra

A dementia-friendly community is one where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality life with meaning, purpose and value.

Everyone from organisations, businesses and community groups to individuals can play a role in building a dementia-friendly community by learning more about dementia. Become a Dementia Friend, undertake dementia training, and visit Dementia Friendly Communities to learn how you can help make a difference to someone with dementia.

The Woollahra Dementia Alliance, supported by Woollahra Council and Holdsworth Community, meets bi-monthly to progress an action plan to make Woollahra more dementia-friendly, by raising awareness of issues faced by local people with dementia and taking actions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

If you would like to get involved, please email community@woollahra.nsw.gov.au, or call 9391 7191.

Local services and activities

Find more organisations, services and facilities in your area (including in-home respite services, day centres and more) with our Local Service Listings.

National services

Useful information

Getting around

Mobile apps

For carers

Safety

  • Next of Kin Register
    A NSW Police program where you can register personal information so that in an emergency, police can contact your next of kin if needed
  • Safely Home
    Dementia Australia initiative suitable for anyone with an intellectual impairment who is at risk of becoming lost.

About younger onset dementia

General resources

Council's role

Council has been supporting ageing and disability services for many years, with the provision of community facilities and the allocation of grants and subsidies.

We are working towards making our libraries and other facilities and public spaces more accessible, and a number of Council’s staff across different teams have attended training run by Dementia Australia. We are also proud to support the Woollahra Dementia Alliance.