Lo­cal de­men­tia cen­tre opens

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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