A new initiative aims to make life a little better for more than 3000 Knox residents who are living with dementia and their carers.
Coinciding with Dementia Action Week, the Knox Dementia Advisory Group will host an information session and mini-expo on September 19.
The expo aims to raise awareness of dementia and highlight the various services and supports available in the area.
Dementia Action Week - which runs from September 18-24, aims to reduce stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with dementia and their carers.
In 2021, it was recorded that 3219 people in the Knox community were living with dementia. It is estimated this figure will increase to almost 8000 by 2058.
To address growing need in the community, Knox Council has adopted a plan to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for residents affected by the disease.
Knox Mayor Marcia Timmers-Leitch said the council had an important role to play in terms of offering support to ensure residents who are affected live well.
"The... plan will guide Council and support Knox to work towards becoming a more dementia friendly community," she said.
"Council has partnered with Dementia Australia to build awareness, understanding and acceptance of dementia so that people living with dementia can participate and remain active."
Actions to be taken under the plan include increasing awareness; advocating for provision of affordable and convenient transport; seeking funding for a sensory garden; and facilitating physical activities.
The plan was developed with the help of people living with dementia.
There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease.
Anyone can develop dementia, though it is more common in people older than 65.
People with dementia and their carers, families and friends can continue to live fulfilling lives, with access to the right supports and services.
The expo will take place at Knox Community Arts Centre, from 10.30am-1.30pm, with doors to open at 10am. Entry is free.
For bookings or more information call (03) 9298-8827 or click here.
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