Free events supporting dementia awareness this September

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Published 28 August 2019

In support of Dementia Action Week we’re running a number of free events to help make Woollahra an inclusive and dementia-friendly community.

The events for people with dementia, their carers and friends include a silent disco, a dementia-friendly tour of our Youth Photographic Exhibition and a talk about how we can maximise our brain health. Keep reading for a full list of events.

We’re proud to be part of the Woollahra Dementia Alliance, which is working towards building a dementia-friendly Woollahra. The Alliance raises awareness of issues faced by people living with dementia and their carers and takes action to improve their lives.

Through our involvement with the Alliance, we’ve been making enhancements to our libraries to make people living with dementia and their carers always feel welcome. Over the next six months we are trialling a new program for people with dementia at Watsons Bay Library called ‘Don’t Forget Fridays’.

Woollahra Libraries staff have also undertaken training to become Dementia Friends, to better understand the challenges of dementia and to help everyone feel connected and safe in our community.

For those who are unable to visit our libraries, we also offer a Home Library Service. Email hls@woollahra.nsw.gov.au for more details.

If you’d like to get involved with the Woollahra Dementia Alliance, please email community@woollahra.nsw.gov.au, or call 9391 7191.

Come along to one of these great events:

A Dance to Remember - Paddington Library

Wednesday 11 September 9.30am–11.30am
Join the Woollahra Dementia Alliance* for a silent disco.
Whatever your age or ability, come along to enjoy listening to music and have a dance, seated or standing.

Boost Your Brain - Woollahra Council Chambers

Wednesday 18 September 6.00pm–7.30pm
Join us and learn about dementia, simple steps you can take to maximise your brain health and how we can all contribute to making Woollahra a dementia-friendly community.
You will hear from Dr. Allan Shell – GP and adjunct lecturer at UNSW, Dr. Loren Mowszowski – Clinical Neuropsychologist at USYD and Wendy Francis – Manager Services for Older People at Holdsworth Community.

Youth Photographic Exhibition Dementia Friendly Tours - Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Wednesday 18 September & Thursday 19 September 11.00am–12.00pm
Join us for a dementia friendly tour of the Youth Photographic Exhibition, followed by morning tea and an opportunity to share your photos that spark a memory.

Don't Forget Friday - Watsons Bay Library

Friday 27 September 11.00am–12.00pm
A space for people affected with dementia and their carers to access a reading program facilitated by staff and volunteers.

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