Community Awareness: Public Education

Alzheimer's Australia Vic is working to build a dementia-friendly community in Australia. Our public information sessions are delivered by professional educators in a supportive environment. Our community awareness sessions are designed to raise awareness of dementia and reduce the stigma surrounding it. The sessions may also have a more specific focus, such as providing strategies to maintain brain health, helping people better understand how memory works, and when memory changes need to be investigated.

How to register for courses and session


Understanding dementia

This session will provide an understanding of dementia by first exploring how a healthy brain works. It will address the main causes, key signs and symptoms of dementia and explain why behavior changes with dementia. Risk factors for dementia as well as common myths and misconceptions about dementia will also be discussed. A brief overview of AAV support services will conclude the session.

To arrange this session at your community group, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Worried about your memory?

This interactive session will provide an overview of how memory works, the common memory changes that occur with ageing and factors that can impact on memory. We will also look at practical ways of improving memory and looking after the brain, as well as when memory difficulties need to be investigated. NB: This is not a session about dementia.

At this session, you will:
• understand that memory is a process
• identify common memory changes that occur with ageing
• understand other factors that can impact on memory
• identify a number of memory strategies
• recognise when memory concerns need to be investigated and what to do
• understand the services Alzheimer’s Australia Vic provides

Suitable for the general community. Sessions at your community venue can be arranged.

To arrange this session at your community group, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


 

Your Brain Matters™

Research shows you can reduce your risk of developing dementia through Five Simple Steps to maximise brain health. Your Brain Matters™ is Alzheimer’s Australia’s evidence-based dementia risk reduction program. You will learn about the five simple steps to maximise your brain health and get tips on living a brain healthy life to potentially reduce your risk of developing dementia.

At this session, you will be introduced to:
• Five Simple Steps to maximising brain health and potentially reducing dementia risk
• Alzheimer’s Australia Vic services

Suitable for the general community. Sessions at your community venue can be arranged.

To arrange this session at your community group, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Dementia information for volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role supporting people living with dementia. From this session, we consider how an understanding of dementia will show you how to communicate more effectively with a person living with dementia.

At this session, you will:
• understand the effect of dementia
• learn strategies for communication
• understand triggers for behaviours
• learn ways to engage a person with dementia

Suitable for community volunteers who engage with people living with dementia. Workplace sessions can be arranged.

To arrange this session at your community group, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Volunteer companions workshop

In this interactive workshop, learn how dementia can impact on a person’s physical and psychological well-being and what you, as a volunteer companion, can do to engage and maintain positive connections and build on their remaining skills and interests. NB: This program is not suitable for family carers.

At this session, you will:
• gain an understanding of dementia and its impact on the person, their family and friends
• understand the valuable role you play in maintaining friendship with the person with dementia and their family
• acquire some effective communication strategies
• gain knowledge of appropriate and enjoyable activities for enhancing your relationship with a person with dementia
• acquire some coping skills should any behavioural or psychological symptoms occur
• understand how you can assist the person with dementia build on their strengths

Suitable for volunteers who provide companionship to a person with dementia (not family carers). Workplace sessions can be arranged.

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Cultural Diversity

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is committed to ensuring that the needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are met in all aspects of dementia service provision, information, support and education.

The sessions below can all be delivered at your community venue with the support of an interpreter. If you need general information in other languages, please click here: Information in Other Languages.


8 Things you need to know about dementia (CALD)

Cost: Fully funded
Duration: 1 hr
Venue, date and time: At your community venue

This education session provides basic information on dementia and services to community groups from CALD backgrounds. An interpreter can be arranged. 
Contact us to arrange this session at your community venue.

This education session provides basic information on:
• what dementia is (including main causes, key signs, symptoms and risk factors)
• how dementia is diagnosed
• the importance of seeking help
• what Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and community services are available to people from CALD backgrounds

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Helping reduce your risk of dementia (CALD)

Cost: Fully funded
Duration: 1 hr
Venue, date and time: At your community venue

Based on the Your Brain Matters™ program. This program has been specifically tailored to provide older CALD community members with an understanding of the strategies they can implement that may reduce their risk of developing dementia. A number of health and lifestyle factors are associated with brain function and this session addresses these issues.

At this session, attendees will be introduced to:
• lifestyle strategies that, if implemented, can maximise brain health and
potentially reduce the risk of developing dementia.
• Alzheimer’s Australia Vic services

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3 ways to relate to people with dementia (CALD)

Cost: Fully funded
Duration: 1 hr
Venue, date and time: At your community venue

Building on the 8 things you need to know about dementia session, we now look at approaches on how you can engage with and include people living with dementia from a CALD background.
Cultural and linguistic factors can sometimes prove to be a barrier to CALD people living with dementia receiving optimal support. In this session, we consider strategies for improving communication and engaging with people with dementia in various social situations And community settings.

HOW TO REGISTER: Contact us (03) 9816 5708 to arrange a session at your community venue.