Manningham Council is a signatory to the Victorian Government and MAV Age Friendly Victorian Declaration. Through this we have committed to support and create age friendly communities and address barriers which limit the inclusion of older people.
A dementia-friendly community recognises that a person with dementia needs to continue participate in the community. This can include employment, volunteering or social activities. Manningham has committed to be a Dementia Friendly city and has implemented the Manningham Local Dementia Alliance Action Plan 2020 - 2022 (3.3 MB) to reach this goal.
Educating the wider community about dementia is an important way to help reduce stigma and dispel some of the common myths about dementia. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. Some of the risk factors associated with dementia can be managed through lifestyle changes or appropriate medical treatments. Many conditions have symptoms similar to dementia so it is important not to assume that someone has dementia. Early and correct diagnosis can be helpful to ensure that the correct advice and strategies are provided to manage the condition.
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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you, or someone close to you, is diagnosed with dementia. You may not be aware of the support available to help you maintain independence and live well.
Dementia Australia, can help individuals, couples and families:
- think about the future
- identify goals and priorities
- access supports and services
- manage dementia symptoms and live well.
Family members and friends often find themselves in the role of a carer when a loved one is living with dementia. While caring for your loved one can be rewarding, it can also have its tougher days. As you care for someone with dementia, you may not be taking as much care of your own emotional, mental or physical wellbeing.
Whether you’re the husband, wife, partner, daughter, son, brother, sister or friend of the person, your relationship will change. Dementia Australia offers support for families and carers so you don’t feel alone.
Services offered through Dementia Australia can help you:
- support the person to live well at home, for as long as possible,
- support the person to continue with their hobbies, activities and interests,
- learn about dementia, so you’re better equipped to manage changes, and
- access support services and programs to maintain your health and wellbeing.
Visit Dementia Australia's website for more information.
Manningham is actively working toward becoming a Dementia Friendly Community. This means we are looking at what we can achieve to improve everyday life for people lived experience of dementia.
In partnership with the Manningham Local Dementia Alliance group, we have developed the first Manningham Dementia Information Card. This pocket-size card contains information on where to get more information, access support, stay connected, plan ahead and much more.
You can collect your free copy of the Manningham Dementia Information Card from Aged and Disability Support Services Customer Service, Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster road, Doncaster during business hours. You can also call 9840 9700 and ask for some to be sent to you.
A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support. It means you have a better understanding of dementia and how small acts can help support people with dementia to stay included, accepted and connected with our community.
How to become a Dementia Friend
By registering to become a Dementia Friend you will learn about dementia, be introduced to people with dementia and hear their stories. You will be guided online through a short module designed to increase understanding of dementia and its impacts. Register now.
Dementia Australia Language Guidelines
The purpose of the Dementia Australia Language guidelines is to promote the consistent use of appropriate, inclusive and non stigmatising language when talking or writing about dementia and people living with dementia.
What is appropriate language for talking about dementia and why do we need it? The words used to talk or write about dementia can have a significant impact on how people living with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. The words used in speech and in writing can influence others’ mood, self-esteem, and feelings of happiness or depression.
A casual misuse of words or the use of words with negative connotations when talking about dementia in everyday conversations can have a profound impact on the person with dementia as well as on their family and friends. It can also influence how others think about dementia and increase the likelihood of a person with dementia experiencing stigma or discrimination.
Appropriate language must be:
For further reading, download the Dementia Language Guidelines from the Dementia Australia website.
Dementia Australia – Help Sheets
Help Sheets provide advice, common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia.
Contact Dementia Australia
One family's experience with a dementia diagnosis
Many people with dementia can continue to live well and active lives. They can make their own choices and significant contributions to the community for many years after being diagnosed. Read about one family's experience with a dementia diagnosis in our latest edition of Manningham Matters.
Visit our What's On page for current dementia related information sessions.