Free Dementia Programs - QLD

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Dementia: Know The Facts Program

This session will provide an introduction to dementia, causes, symptoms, and typical changes that may occur. Also discussed are services available to support the person and the family including further education sessions.

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Family and friends of a person who has memory concerns and may have a diagnosis of dementia.

Sessions available:

Friday July 7 Brisbane      
Thursday 3 August Gold Coast        
Tuesday 8 August Maryborough   
Friday 11 August Bundaberg
Monday 21 August Townsville    
Tuesday 22 August Rockhampton    
Tuesday 22 August                 Toowoomba                    
Wednesday 23 August Cairns     
Thursday 24 August                  Sunshine Coast                 
Friday 25 August Bribie Island      
Friday 22 September       Brisbane                    
   

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699.

Living With Memory Loss

The Living with Memory Loss program is designed specifically for people in the early stages of dementia who want to share their experiences or feelings with others in the same situation. Participants are able to bring a carer, family member or friend with them if they like. The program provides accurate information about brain function and focuses on ways to help maintain a person's abilities as well as offering practical strategies for living with dementia.

There are also programs for people with younger onset dementia (diagnosis of dementia before the age of 65 years).

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis.

Content covered includes:

  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Adapting to change
  • Research and new drug treatments
  • Practical strategies for everyday living
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Looking after yourself
  • Planning for the future
  • Community services
  • Where to from here?

Sessions available:

Thursday 20 July  Brisbane              
Thursday 10 August Maryborough
Thursday 17 August   

Gold Coast          

Monday 4 September

Townsville              

Tuesday 5 September Toowoomba             
Tuesday 5 September   Rockhampton
Wednesday 6 September Cairns                         
Wednesday 6 September Sunshine Coast
Friday 15 September             Bribie Island                     
   

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699.Living with Memory Loss courses are run throughout the year and dates can be tailored to suit the needs of participants.

 

The Living with Younger Onset Dementia program

The Living with Younger Onset Dementia program is designed specifically for people in the early stages of dementia who have been diagnosed aged 65 years and under. This is their opportunity to share their experiences or feelings with others in the same situation. Participants are able to bring a carer, family member or friend with them if they like.

The program provides specific information related to this age group and focuses on ways to help maintain a person’s abilities as well as offering practical strategies for living with dementia.

Content covered includes:

  • Symptoms and diagnosis
  • Adapting to change
  • Research and new drug treatments
  • Practical strategies for everyday living
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Looking after yourself
  • Planning for the future
  • Community services
  • Where to from here?

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Participants must have a diagnosis of dementia or be accompanying a person with a diagnosis

Sessions available:

Friday 28 July Brisbane      
   

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699.

 

Therapeutic Activities

Our Brisbane Dementia Support Centre provides a number of therapeutic activities for people with dementia. These meaningful activities aim to support and empower people living with dementia through social engagement, learning new skills and healthy living.

 

MUSIC THERAPY

Music Therapy provides great social engagement and an opportunity to reminisce and sing along to old favourites.

When: 3rd Monday of each month, 11am – 12pm

Where: Taking expressions of interest for the Gold Coast now.

 

COME DANCE WITH ME

Dementia-friendly dance program that is designed to empower people with dementia to engage in social and physical activity. No dance experience necessary.

When: Every Tuesday in six-week blocks, 10am – 12pm

Where: Woolloongabba

 

ASPIRE FITNESS

Chair-based 12 week exercise program designed to keep people with dementia active and improve motor skills. Before attending, new participants must be assessed by Aspire staff.

When: Every Wednesday, 10am – 11am

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK YOUR PLACE:

Please contact the National Dementia Support Program booking line on 1800 588 699

 

Family Carer Course

Our carer education programs are designed to help you and your family with practical strategies for managing day-to-day and to better understand your own needs and the needs of those for whom you care. You will learn practical strategies and have an opportunity to share common experiences.

Topics include:

  • The nature of dementia
  • Effective communication
  • The impact of dementia
  • Activities for living and pleasure
  • Understand and respond to behaviours of concern

Cost:  Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Family and friends of a person diagnosed with dementia.

Sessions available:

Wednesday 12 July Brisbane
Thursday 13 July Gold Coast
Friday 21 July (Younger Onset Dementia) Brisbane                               
Wednesday 9 August Maryborough
Thursday 10 August         Gold Coast          
Monday 28 August Townsville
Tuesday 29 August Toowoomba
Wednesday 30 August Cairns
Wednesday 30 August        Rockhampton        
Thursday 31 August Sunshine Coast
Friday 1 September Bribie Island
Friday 29 September Brisbane

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699.

 

Living With Change

This special group program spans over two days and is designed to support and assist with the feelings experienced by carers, family members and friends of people with dementia. Interactive group discussions include:

  • What has been lost
  • The importance of caring for the carer
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Celebrating the present and looking towards the future

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Carers, family members and friends of people with dementia

Sessions available:

Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 August Brisbane 
Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August Gold Coast
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 September Sunshine Coast
Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 September Toowoomba

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699

 

Considering Residential Care

In this program we discuss the issues and decisions around residential care as well as the barriers to making the decision. Information is provided about the types of residential care, the residential care system, including different types of care available as well as the key features of a good facility. Important legal issues are also outlined. The emotional issues regarding the placement of a loved one in residential care are also discussed.

Cost: Free (funded by the Australian Government)
Suitable for: Family carers at the point of considering the option of residential care for their loved one with dementia.

Sessions available:

Friday 11 August Brisbane
Thursday 7 September Gold Coast
Friday 22 September Sunshine Coast
   

Bookings are essential. For more information, please call our free booking line on 1800 588 699.

For other sessions and seminars around Queensland see the events page.