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What causes dementia?

There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes.

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.

Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.

Who gets dementia?

Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing.

Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. For more information about younger onset dementia go to the younger onset dementia hub.

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The Sunshine Coast, dementia and you?

 

Due to the attraction of the Sunshine Coast for retirees, there is likely to be more need in the future for support for PLWD and Carers as the population grows and grows with a higher level of over 65’s. Our type of Alliance will be ever more relevant in this environment, and we will be in a position to consult with newly forming Alliances in nearby areas on how to set up and create a supportive and pro-active alliance in their area. We will then be able to reach more people in the wider community with our knowledge and the experience of what we have learned.

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To strive to create a Dementia Friendly Community in Buderim and surrounds, through advocating for People Living with Dementia and their Carers and to help them live a high quality, purposeful life, without stigma or isolation. With our dedicated group of volunteers and support staff, we will raise awareness of dementia in our community, educate and inform businesses to become ‘dementia friendly’ and create opportunities for people living with dementia and their carers to engage in the community with confidence and feel supported and so reduce their feelings of isolation.

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We have been successful in gaining formal recognition from Dementia Australia as the first Qld Dementia Alliance as actively working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation. Our vision is to promote this status to other local Sunshine Coast communities and support and assist them to create their own local DF recognised Community. With the wider area becoming more Dementia Friendly, we envisage being leaders in this space and further influence the Sunshine Coast Council, Chamber of Commerce members and Sunshine Coast transport & travel services in becoming Dementia Aware and Dementia Friendly. The ‘Big Picture’ is to have the Sunshine Coast destination known and respected for being inclusive for all disabilities and especially for those Living with Dementia.

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Key Customers

Our key ‘clients’ are People Living with Dementia and their Carers & friends.

We can target these clients through wide distribution of our Dementia Flyer and especially to Medical Practices where a Dementia diagnosis is mostly provided. Our brochure gives straight forward information on ‘next steps’ and also how to contact us to be introduced to our ‘Dementia Community’.

Key Clients

Dementia Care providers; BDA Donors; Dementia Australia; DA/BDA Dementia Friendly Community businesses and organisations; Sponsors; Buderim and surrounds Community; health professionals; community organisations

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We will maintain a good relationship with our ‘customers’ through our monthly supportive Vitality Café an through our quarterly Community Informational and Awareness Events.

We provide support for PLWD through:

Vitality Café monthly event for Carers

Social Media blogs and sharing of information on Dementia

Public Events – Awareness, information, education to the wider community and PLWD & Carers.

Website – Information, awareness, education, promotion of our activities and events, contact.

We will keep the Vitality Café viable for Carers through the friendships and support that attendees experience at our café events and through our quarterly informational & supportive events with Inspirational and Educational speakers.

We will maintain a good relationship with our Dementia Friendly businesses through regular contact from the Office Bearers and community acknowledgment for their efforts to create a Dementia Friendly business.

We will keep our Dementia Friendly Businesses close to us through our annual catch up and business audit supported by Dementia Australia and their recognition for these businesses. We will continue to acknowledge these businesses on our website & Facebook page and in media coverage. Dementia Australia will acknowledge these businesses through their Dementia Friendly Communities program and badge provided to the organisation for their business premises and website.

Marble Surface

Acting President

Meet THE Sunshine Coast Dementia Alliance Executive Committee

The Sunshine Coast Dementia Alliance Committee is made up of a diverse range of local business people as well as those working in the Healthcare and Well-being sector.

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Secretary

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Treasurer