Boomi residents invited to learn more about dementia at HealthWISE information session

HealthWISE senior primary health care nurse Fiona Robertson will be speaking at the Boomi event.

HealthWISE senior primary health care nurse Fiona Robertson will be speaking at the Boomi event.

Boomi residents are invited to learn how they can make their town a safer, more welcoming place for people with dementia.

Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Dementia is a progressive and irreversible syndrome characterised by impaired memory, intellectual function, changes in personality and behaviour causing significant impairment of function.

HealthWISE senior primary health care nurse Fiona Robertson said the disorder is nothing to fear, and that the entire community can have a role in making life easier for sufferers.

Fiona will give an informative talk from 11am to 2pm at Boomi Hall on Thursday, July 18.

The focus is on helping locals understand dementia and teaching them how to help those with the disorder as they navigate their way through the community.

"I think people would be surprised how many people Australia-wide are getting diagnosed younger and younger," Ms Robertson said.

"It's capacity building. It's about getting people educated and involved in making their town dementia friendly."

Attendees don't have to have dementia or even know someone with the condition in order to benefit from the free events.

By knowing how to help and understanding the challenges they face, you can make people living with dementia feel accepted and safe, Fiona said.

"It makes your community safer and it makes your community friendly," she said.

Health checks and a light lunch will be provided, and questions are encouraged. A relaxing, non- threatening atmosphere is promised for all.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP for catering purposes to Fiona on 6792 5514 by July 16.