The DFC was established to develop the first dementia friendly community in NSW, here in Port Macquarie.
At the end of 2012, several individuals assembled to discuss the challenges facing our local communities in response to the increasing prevalence of dementia within our population. Since then the group has grown exponentially.
The Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) is currently made up of people living with dementia and family carers along with enthusiastic volunteers and members of our community.
Representatives from businesses, social groups, churches, local and state government, service organisations and aged care services, have all come together to help provide actionable solutions to the challenges and concerns created by these circumstances.
Dementia-friendly communities focus on improving the community inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.
We welcome other individuals and groups to join and share their enthusiasm and experiences. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.
“I would love to see Port Macquarie and surrounds become a more inclusive and accessible community for all people. If we can contribute to it being more dementia friendly then everyone in the community will benefit”
“I joined to help explain what it's like to care for someone with dementia. To assist with ideas for educating the public and businesses about people with dementia. Also to encourage those in important positions in creating a DFC in Port Macquarie and surrounding areas”
“I have a special interest in Montessori methods for dementia care. I am focused on creating a DFC from a professional and personal perspective, having worked in this field in several locations including Port Macquarie and the experience with family relatives including my mother living with dementia.”
“I became involved with the DFC 2 years ago when I worked for Dementia Australia in Port Macquarie. I am a social worker who has worked in many community services but started my working career as a community development worker. I believe the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for any group within our community can only be achieved when the broader community has sufficient awareness and commitment to become involved and contribute to the wellbeing of members of that group.”
- Mike Sheargold, previously a Dementia Support Specialist with Dementia Australia.
“With my community members living with dementia, I love to help reduce the stigma around being diagnosed with dementia in the best way I know how, which is to amplify word of mouth through social media.”
“Not only is it my role it is also my passion to support our community and be in a position to help others. I was invited to join the DFC when it was originally launched as a representative of Clubs. It is important to have this connection as Clubs play such a vital role in the community.”
“It is my hope that over time the Dementia Friendly Alliance will be instantly recognised by the local community for it's role in creating Dementia Awareness.
Knowledge is power - be informed on what it means to be living with Dementia”
- Sarah Ashton, Dementia Advocate, member of the National Advisory Committee for Dementia Australia, member of Lions and National Seniors.
“My role as an Audiologist and a parent of 2 young boys has increased my awareness of the need for better communication and understanding within our community. I feel there is a drive for Port Macquarie to become a place known for friendliness and inclusivity. I am a recent member of the DFC and also the caretaker of some of our social media platforms. My role gives me opportunities to research, read and discover so much more about dementia and how we can address the needs of people living with dementia in our community. I’m enjoying being part of this alliance and the growth that we have already seen so far!”