De­men­tia friendly a wel­come sign to all

Chinchilla News - - BEST OF THE WEST - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­ley@west­ern­starnews.com

ST GE­ORGE’S new signs will be a wel­come sight to res­i­dents and tourists alike who are af­fected by de­men­tia, fol­low­ing the town’s recog­ni­tion as a de­men­tia-friendly town.

The St Ge­orge Ro­tary Club has been work­ing with res­i­dents, health or­gan­i­sa­tions and de­men­tia ex­perts to make the town more ac­ces­si­ble to those liv­ing with the symp­toms of de­men­tia.

St Ge­orge Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Win Sal­mon said it was an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive to 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 with de­men­tia.

Ms Giles pro­vided ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions for St Ge­orge, al­low­ing par­tic­i­pants to learn more about how to prop­erly care for and work with peo­ple with de­men­tia.

“We were look­ing for a va­ri­ety of things that would ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity to make it more de­men­ti­afriendly,” Ms Sal­mon said.

Three signs will in­form peo­ple of the town’s new sta­tus, as well as posters, which lo­cal busi­nesses can put up as a show of sup­port.

“The signs fea­ture a va­ri­ety of peo­ple liv­ing in the com­mu­nity and how in­clu­sive we try to be,” Ms Sal­mon said.

“It’s 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, which en­cour­ages res­i­dents to get in­volved and keep them­selves ac­tive.

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IN­NO­VA­TIVE TOWN: St Ge­orge has been recog­nised as a de­men­tia-friendly town.

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