Lithgow's Dementia Alliance had a very special guest at their January meeting with Anthony Parker from Dementia Australia giving a talk on how the group can receive on-going support.
"I was really excited to be in Lithgow and am delighted to help get Lithgow started on their way to becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community," he said.
"During my time, I spoke about the ways the new Lithgow Dementia Alliance can receive support from Dementia Australia and the steps they can take to become a recognised alliance."
He shared some valuable information about dementia and the support provided by Dementia Australia, both online and via their National Dementia Helpline.
Mr Parker said that becoming a dementia-friendly community was a giant leap forward for people living with dementia.
"It makes them feel socially accepted and included and we can't wait to see how the Lithgow Alliance grows," he said.
The Lithgow Dementia Alliance (LDA) was established following the passing of a Lithgow City Council Motion for Lithgow to become a dementia friendly community.
The LDA provides an informal and supportive gathering of people who are living with dementia, their carers and support people, and anyone who is interested in dementia.
The group meets monthly to raise awareness about dementia, share ideas and experiences, ask questions, and have a chat over morning tea.
The LDA is planning to have other guest speakers throughout the year.
In addition to its monthly morning tea gatherings, the LDA will be holding a fundraising screening of the Academy Award winning movie 'Still Alice' at the Lithgow Valley Film Society and Cinema on Saturday, February 15 at 4pm.
Tickets are available for $15 each and include afternoon tea.
Bookings are essential and can be arranged by contacting Kas Hilton on 0428 610 959.
If you want to know more about the LDA, check out their Facebook page.
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