Premer residents can learn how to make their town safer and more welcoming for those with dementia at an upcoming event.
HealthWISE will host a free informative talk from 11am-2pm on Wednesday, July 24 at the Premer Community Rooms to help locals understand dementia. The talk will also teach locals how to help those with the disorder navigate their way through the community.
HealthWISE senior primary health care nurse Fiona Robertson said the disorder was nothing to fear, and that the entire community could have a role in making life easier for sufferers.
"It's capacity building. It's about getting people educated and involved in making their town dementia-friendly," Ms Robertson said.
"I think people would be surprised how many people Australia-wide are getting diagnosed younger and younger."
It makes your community safer and it makes your community friendly.HealthWISE's Fiona Robertson
Attendees do not have to have dementia or know someone with the condition in order to benefit from the event.
Mrs Robertson said those who attend could "make people living with dementia feel accepted and safe".
"It makes your community safer and it makes your community friendly," she said.
Health checks and a light lunch will be provided at the event, and questions are encouraged.
Those interested in attending should RSVP to Fiona Robertson on 6792 5514 by Monday, July 22 for catering purposes.
Dementia is a progressive and irreversible syndrome characterised by impaired memory, intellectual function, changes in personality and behaviour causing significant impairment of function. Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.