The City of Rockingham invites the community to a special presentation of Living Life Fully With Dementia featuring American dementia expert Michael Verde. This free event will be hosted on Friday 9 August 2019 from 9.30am – 11.30am at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that are caused by irreversible and ongoing deterioration of the brain.

Symptoms can include memory loss, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn and depressed and experiencing difficulty performing everyday tasks. It can affect anybody but is more common after the age of 65. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

Outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connections.

The event featuring Michael Verde will give the community the opportunity to learn how to help people overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be fully present and connected to someone living with dementia.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the presentation was important given the growing number of people in the community living with dementia.

“Rockingham’s population has grown significantly in recent years and with that so has the number of people living with dementia,” Mayor Sammels said.

“By 2050 it is estimated there will be roughly 6,000 people living with dementia in Rockingham, which is more than six times the number in 2010.

“As the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 it’s vital we learn how to best assist those living with dementia, so I encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices on this topic.”

Places for the event are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to secure a spot call the City on 9528 0333.

 

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