Living with Dementia program

If you are living with early stage dementia or are a family carer for someone with dementia, you are welcome to join our early intervention program.

You will get information and support through sharing your experiences with a small group of others in a similar situation. Read the brochure for more information.

What is the purpose of the Program?

Research shows this type of program can reduce the sense of isolation, distress and depression and increase the self esteem of people with or caring for someone with dementia, increase knowledge of local services and gain positive perceptions of dementia.

From a person with dementia - "It has been good meeting others, you feel less alone"

What happens at the sessions?

At each session two groups meet concurrently, one for people with dementia, and one for their family members. Programs generally consist of seven sessions of two hours run on a weekly basis. Groups are limited to ten participants to give you the opportunity to:

  • Tell your story of dementia
  • Reflect on the impact of the diagnosis
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care
  • Enhance your skills for communicating with others
  • Learn techniques for problem solving
  • Extend your knowledge about legal and financial issues

After the Program, a carer commented "I am more mindful of the skill involved in communicating more effectively with the person I care for..."

Ongoing support is also available to provide social contact and further educational opportunities. More information is available on the program brochure.

Who can attend?

Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis of dementia.

If you are interested in receiving information about the Living with Dementia  program please contact the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

email if you would like more information on this or any other programs.

Health Professionals - referrals to Living With Dementia program

If you are a Health Professional wanting to make a referral to the Program, please complete this referral form and return by fax to 02 8875 4665 or email to NSW.referralearlyintervention@dementia.or.au


Programs scheduled for 2019

 

North Coast - Ballina (event flyer)

  • Mondays 4 February – 11 March 2019 
  • 9:30am – 12:30pm 
  • Contact Helen Cust
  • Phone 02 6620 6283 

Central Coast – The Entrance (event flyer)

  • Tuesdays 5 February – 19 March 2019 
  • 10am – 12pm 
  • Contact Mr Kerry Garth  
  • Phone 0459 878 508

Hunter Region – Toronto (event flyer)

  • Tuesdays 12 February – 26 February 2019 
  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Contact Mary Myers   
  • Phone  02 4985 5700

North Coast - Taree (event flyer)


Western Sydney – Ropes Crossing (event flyer)

  • Wednesdays 13 March – 24 April 2019 
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong   
  • Phone  02 8875 4663

Sydney Northern Beaches – Forestville 

  • Mondays 11 March – 1 April 2019 
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong   
  • Phone  02 8875 4663

Northern Rivers – Chinderah/Tweed (event flyer)

  • Wednesdays 3 April – 15 May 2019 
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Contact Janelle Egas   
  • Phone 1800 043 186

Northern Sydney – Ryde for Younger Onset (event flyer)

  • Thursdays 11 April - 30 May 2019 
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong   
  • Phone 02 8875 4663

Northern Sydney – Ryde (event flyer)

  • Wednesdays 24 April - 15 May 2019 
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong   
  • Phone 02 8875 4663

Hunter Region – Newcastle (event flyer)

  • Tuesdays 30 April – 14 May 2019 
  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Contact Mary Myers   
  • Phone  02 4985 5700

Riverina Region – Albury (event flyer to come)


North Coast Region – Coffs Harbour (event flyer to come)

  • Thursdays 9 May – 23 May 2019 
  • Contact Kaylene Parker   
  • Phone  02 6584 7444

South East Sydney – Sylvania (event flyer)

  • Tuesdays 21 May – 11 June 2019 
  • 10:30 – 3.30
  • Contact Vanessa Wong
  • Phone  02 8875 4663

Central Coast – Glenning Valley (event flyer to come)

  • Tuesdays 4 June – 16 July 2019 
  • Contact Mr Kerry Garth  
  • Phone 0459 878 508

New England – Tamworth (event flyer to come)

  • Tuesdays 4 June – 18 June 2019 
  • Contact Helen Stanley
  • Phone 02 6766 1394

Inner West Sydney – Burwood 

  • Fridays 7 June – 19 July 2019 
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong
  • Phone  02 8875 4663

Hunter Region – Port Stephens / Nelson Bay (event flyer)

  • Tuesdays 11 June – 25 June 2019 
  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Contact Mary Myers   
  • Phone  02 4985 5700

Sydney Northern Beaches – Forestville (event flyer)

  • Wednesdays 12 June – 24 July 2019 
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Contact Vanessa Wong   
  • Phone  02 8875 4663