Dementia friendly a welcome sign to all
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.
INNOVATIVE TOWN: St George has been recognised as a dementia-friendly town.