Dementia Australia NT provides support, information and education to help people living with dementia, their families, their carers, and health professionals working in the dementia care field.
Our services include:
National Dementia Helpline
The National Dementia Helpline is a telephone information, support and referral service staffed by trained and experienced advisors.
The National Dementia Helpline can be contacted by phoning 1800 100 500 during business hours.
We are here for people affected by all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia, younger onset dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
Advice and Counselling
Counsellors are available to provide advice, support and advocacy, on an individual basis or as a family group. We can provide this over the phone, or as an office visit or at your home.
Dementia Australia provides education programs and sessions for people living with dementia, their family carers and family members, the general public and health professionals. As the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers, we offer learning opportunities covering a broad range of topics around all forms of dementia. Delivered by highly experienced facilitators, our programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals, support groups, communities and care providers with various levels of dementia knowledge. Please select the type of education you require.
Living with dementia program
This program provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis including coping with change, relationships and communication, planning for the future and staying healthy. Suitable both for people living with dementia and their carers and families, these sessions are delivered interactively and you will be encouraged to share your experiences with other participants.
Programs for the Community
We conduct 2 hour sessions to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle and to stimulate cognitive functioning.
Recreational and Therapeutic Activities
These activities for people with dementia and their carers include art therapy, pet therapy, music therapy and a social group.
Day Respite Services
Our Stepping Out Club provides up to 5 hours of stimulating and meaningful activities every week for people with dementia, so their carer can take a regular break.
Carer Support Groups
We facilitate regular meetings where carers of people with dementia can meet to discuss common issues, or to just chat with other carers.
Safe Return Program
Safe Return, runs in conjunction with the NT Police, provides an identity bracelet for the person with dementia, and lists all their relevant details on the police data-base, to facilitate a speedy return home if they have wandered.
Life Memories Albums
Life Memories Albums encourage individuals to construct an album representing their life history through recollecting and retelling memories. Photographs, artwork and memorabilia can be displayed in the album. Albums travel through a person's childhood, young adulthood and special occasions. Albums can be passed onto family members and friends acknowledging the heritage of that special individual. They can be a valuable tool for other caregivers in the future, and focus for reminiscence.
Dementia Monitoring Program
This program provides individualised practical help for people with memory problems who live alone, or who have minimal family or other social support. This assistance can be very flexible, and may include transportation, help with budgeting and bill-paying, an occasional outing or visit to the home. It also includes a weekly exercise group for those who are physically active and keen to maintain their fitness. A major benefit of this scheme is that we can subtly maintain a regular check of the client's needs, and report back to family or doctor if there is a problem.
Information and Public Awareness
Staff are very willing to meet and talk with community and other groups, install a temporary display, provide brochures about our services, contribute articles to organisations' newsletters, etc.
Counselling and Individual Support
Individual support and practical advice available to people with dementia, their families and carers from professional staff located in Darwin and Alice Springs offices.
Support Groups provide a great opportunity for people to be able to share their experiences and skills with others while learning new ones.
Safe Return Program
The Northern Territory Safe Return program gives carers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia, peace of mind if the person in their care wanders. The Safe Return program is run in conjunction with NT Police in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. It allows carers to start a search for a person who has dementia and who has wandered from home.
Come & join us for some social, recreational or therapeutic sessions. These sessions are held every Friday of each month. The Social Group and therapy activities (eg Tai Chi, scrapbooking and Wii Connect) are for people with early stage dementia and their carers. Memory Matters and Health & Wellbeing are offered to members of the general public. For more information, please call Annette on 1800 100 500.
Our national library service provides access to a comprehensive collection of print and digital resources about dementia. The service supports people living with dementia, family carers and friends as well as people working in dementia care practice and allied health areas.