FIGHTING BACK: Hilary Taylor, Caylie Field and Paula Hetherington at the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience.
FIGHTING BACK: Hilary Taylor, Caylie Field and Paula Hetherington at the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience. Contributed

Fighting back against illness

ST GEORGE is on its way to becoming a dementia friendly town, thanks to a series of community engagement programs by local groups including the Rotary Club of St George and the Queensland Country Womens Association.

Win Salmon, president of the Rotary Club of St George said that The Dementia Friendly Community Project aims to make St George even more liveable for some of the town's most vulnerable members.

"It's so that people who are living in our communities with dementia feel welcome and supported,” she said.

"This can be achieved just by little things like asking someone who might look a little disoriented if they're okay and for businesses to just be aware of customers who might have dementia.

"It might also be just about training people in our community so that they know the right things to say not to make the situation worse.”

The Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Queensland Country Women's Association recently hosted an Educational Dementia Immersive Experience workshop to help understand the physical effects of what someone with dementia might experience.

Another aim of the Rotary Club will be to make motorists aware of the town's efforts to make life a little easier for dementia sufferers, according to Ms Salmon.

"We are also going to be putting signage at the entrances to St George that informs visitors that the town is a dementia friendly community.”

Ms Salmon said that the Rotary Club were also looking at establishing a facility that could provide a place of comfort for people with dementia.

"The nest step with the cooperation of the council will be to provide a place in our community where people living with dementia can go and be comfortable and know they are safe,” she said.


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