Dementia friendly proves welcome sign
ST GEORGE’S new signs will be a welcome sight for residents and tourists who are living with dementia, following the town’s recognition as a dementiafriendly town.
The St George Rotary Club has been working with residents, health organisations and dementia experts to make their town more accessible to those living with the symptoms of dementia.
St George Rotary Club president Win Salmon said it was an important initiative for the close-knit community.
“We heard about other towns that had been classified as dementia friendly,” she said.
“We thought it would be really appropriate for St George to be one as well.”
Following inquiries made with local council and community groups, Rotary made contact with Beverley Giles, a national expert in training people to care for and work with people living with dementia.
“We were looking for a variety of things that would benefit the community to make it more dementia friendly,” Ms Salmon said.
“The signs are a way of letting people know what’s going on for people in the community and for tourists.”
The Rotary Club has also set up a Movement and Music Group.
GREAT INITIATIVE: St George has been recognised as a dementia-friendly town.