Local dementia centre opens
MORE than 2000 Townsville dementia sufferers will now have access to local support services as Alzheimer’s Australia ( QLD) opens its new office in Pimlico today.
Minister for Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said she was excited to officially open the new Dementia Support Centre, which will give those with the disease support right at their doorstep.
“It is important that we are able to provide services and support not just to those living with dementia but also their carers and families,” Ms O’Rourke said.
“This new centre is a hub for the delivery of these services and will show people there are others ready to lend a helping hand.”
For the past 10 years, Townsville residents have donated more than 1500 hours of their time each year to providing services to those living with dementia and through this new centre, more volunteers than ever before will be able to sign up and significantly expand its reach.
Alzheimer’s Australia ( QLD) CEO Victoria Beedle said there were 2677 people with dementia living in the Townsville area.
“Life does not stop with a diagnosis of dementia and with the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia,” she said.
The new office will service as a drop- in dementia support centre, provide support groups, a library and information.