This number is expected to reach 8,722 over the next 30 years. People living with dementia want to stay active in their community, enjoying the activities and services they always have. But one of the biggest issues people face following a diagnosis of dementia is social isolation. Friends, family and their community can struggle to understand how to best support and include people living with the condition.
Communication barriers can also leave people feeling uncertain or uncomfortable. Let’s work together to change this.
Redlands Coast Dementia Community (RCDC) invites you to take a positive step toward creating a Dementia-Friendly Redland City by becoming a Dementia-Friendly Organisation.
On the 21st of September during Dementia Action Week and on World Alzheimers Day, RCDC is hosting a forum to celebrate the commitment Redland City Council has taken along with many other local organisations. We will also be hosting a workshop on how you can join this global movement and work toward becoming recognised as a dementia Friendly organisation.
A dementia-friendly organisation is a business, organisation, local government or community group that makes changes to better meet the needs of people living with dementia. Dementia-friendly organisations are inclusive and friendly, recognising people living with dementia as equal members of the community. These organisations respond to the needs of their customers, clients, staff or volunteers living with dementia. To do this, they’re willing to make small changes that improve accessibility, inclusivity and connectedness.
Becoming a dementia-friendly organisation can have a meaningful impact on your customers. It can also increase the skills and satisfaction of your employees. Your staff will learn more about dementia and how to best support and communicate with a person living with dementia. Their customer service skills, responsiveness and sensitivity to customer needs will grow.
They will also feel empowered to improve the lives of others. They will understand how small actions can help people continue to take part in their local community.
As a recognised dementia-friendly organisation, you will be included in Dementia Australia’s online community directory. This helps people living with dementia, their families, and carers choose services that are welcoming and supportive. You will receive a formal certificate of recognition and window stickers featuring a ‘Dementia-Friendly’ logo.
Your organisation may also be featured in stories on Dementia Australia’s website, so they can share your success to inspire others in the community.
The Redlands Coast Dementia Community's mission is to promote understanding, provide support and inclusiveness in our community for those living with dementia, their families and supporters.
We strive to bring the community together to help those living with dementia feel included and valued members of society.
Through advocacy, locally and internationally, whilst participating in research improving quality of life. We strive to provide ongoing support, to recognise those living with dementia as positive contributors.
The Redlands Memory Cafe meets monthly, offering the opportunity for both carers and people living with dementia to socialise together. It's an opportunity to share ideas, offer support and connect in a friendly environment. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month from 10 am to 11 am at: Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.
Cleveland, Queensland, Australia
If you're interested in volunteering with Redlands Coast Dementia Community, start by applying here: