Manningham Council is a signatory to the Victorian Government and MAV Age Friendly Victorian Declaration. Through this we have commited 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 Dementia Friendly Inclusive Manningham Action Plan 2017 - 2019 (846.49 KB) 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.
September is Dementia Awareness Month
More than 400,000 people are living with dementia in Australia and an estimated 70% of those people are activity living in the community. It’s essential that we all learn a little more about how we can better support our family, neighbours, friends and people in our networks impacted by dementia.
What is a Dementia Friend?
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.
Find out more
Visit our What's On page for current dementia related information sessions.