New sup­port group

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A NEW sup­port group has been formed in the Whit­sun­days for any­one who is look­ing af­ter some­one with De­men­tia or Alzheimer’s.

Whit­sun­day De­men­tia Car­ers Sup­port Net­work is for like-minded car­ers where they can meet for in­for­mal meet­ings and share cop­ing tech­niques and strate­gies.

Whit­sun­day lo­cal Kristie Bar­rett was in­spired to cre­ate the group af­ter both her grand­par­ents were di­ag­nosed with stage one Alzheimer’s.

Ms Bar­rett’s grand­mother Barbara Batty has been deal­ing with the dis­ease for the past 10 years and her grand­fa­ther was di­ag­nosed ear­lier this year.

Ms Bar­rett was liv­ing in Mel­bourne when she first no­ticed the toll her grand­mother’s bat­tle had taken on her par­ents.

“I saw the im­pact it was hav­ing on my par­ents from afar and it was one of the rea­sons I moved back,” she said.

Ms Bar­rett’s long term goals are to in­crease the ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness of Alzheimer’s and De­men­tia in the Whit­sun­day re­gion with guest speak­ers and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions.

The first meet­ing for Whit­sun­day De­men­tia Car­ers Sup­port Net­work will be on Au­gust 23 at Cof­fee Club at 10am.

For more in­for­ma­tion join the Whit­sun­day De­men­tia Car­ers Sup­port Net­work Face­book group.

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