Dementia Awareness Afternoon
Dr Toni Dowd and member of CCC was the driving force behind this initiative.
Our Dementia Awareness at the Hub invited people in our community to connect with one another in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We hoped to reassure people that they are not alone and that we each in our own way can help create dementia friendly communities.
During National Dementia Awareness month in September, we held informative and entertaining sessions with delicious afternoon teas, lucky door prizes, lively discussion, and information.
The first in 2015 began with music and magic performances and fortune cookies which had questions for the attendees.
2016: Music is a memory and the theme of “Dance to the beat of a different drum” was facilitated Tiina Alinen and Suzie Miles. After welcome to country, we danced to music provided by Ian Evans on guitar and Fiona Harvey on flute. Everyone got to take home a jigsaw at the end.
2017: The joy of music was provided by our local talented Centenary State High School clarinet ensemble.
2018: The afternoon started with some reflections on the National Dementia Awareness Month theme of: “Small Actions, Big Difference”. This introduction was followed by Ann-Marie Andrews from The Beez Neez Creative Gardening who presented the “Scented Garden”, the highlight of the afternoon.
Discussion included some of the wonderful, scented plants for your garden, how to care for them and how to use the edible ones. Plants were able to be “scratched and sniffed” and tips and tricks on ways to grow and use them.