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‘Dementia friendly’ cafe to open

A dementia friendly community is the aim of a new project being delivered by Finley Dementia Alliance, Finley Regional Care and Dementia Australia.The project will see the three organisations start a community cafe that will guide community groups and service clubs in making Finley ‘dementia friendly’.More than 448,000 people in Australia are living with dementia and the numbers are expected to grow to more than one million by 2050.‘‘If you look at the number of people who are available and will be able to care for them, there is not the population growth to match,’’ Finley Regional Care CEO Ben Levesque said.‘‘Dementia Australia advocates that if people living with dementia were to stay at home and in their own community for longer it would alleviate a lot of issues.‘‘Their lives would be more fulfilling and they would feel part of the community they have grown or lived in for a longer length of time. The Community Cafe idea is a way of inviting social, service and community groups to be part of the process of allowing people living with dementia to remain active in their own community.‘‘The continuing cafes are places where carers and people living with dementia are able to socialise with others in a similar situation, to discuss issues in a non-threatening and safe environment.’’The cafes are an opportunity to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of areas in the community.‘‘This is a small part and a start on the path to becoming a community that is dementia friendly,’’ Mr Levesque said. Finley Regional Care has also partnered with the Finley Dementia Alliance which is made up of people who care about this subject and understand the issues of caring for people with dementia as well as carers and people living with dementia. The alliance of the Dementia Australia, Finley Regional Care, Finley Dementia Alliance and Finley RSC have found ways to raise community awareness and education on this subject. ‘‘People living with dementia are essential to this education and are the driving force for awareness as they are able to tell us what the stumbling blocks are and where they find difficulties,’’ Mr Levesque added.‘‘Each community that is working towards becoming dementia friendly uses different ways to start their journey. Our alliance has chosen the community cafe approach, so that the community is involved from the start.‘‘We believe the stigma and lack of appropriate knowledge around dementia is lacking in a community situation. Awareness and education programs help people to feel comfortable and better able to do and say the right things in situations that they might in the past have found confronting.’’The trio of organisations will host its first community cafe at Finley RS Club on Friday, September 20, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Daniel Hughes


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‘Dementia friendly’ cafe to open

A dementia friendly community is the aim of a new project being delivered by Finley Dementia Alliance, Finley Regional Care and Dementia Australia.The project will see the three organisations start a community cafe that will guide community groups and service clubs in making Finley ‘dementia friendly’.More than 448,000 people in Australia are living with dementia and the numbers are expected to grow to more than one million by 2050.‘‘If you look at the number of people who are available and will be able to care for them, there is not the population growth to match,’’ Finley Regional Care CEO Ben Levesque said.‘‘Dementia Australia advocates that if people living with dementia were to stay at home and in their own community for longer it would alleviate a lot of issues.‘‘Their lives would be more fulfilling and they would feel part of the community they have grown or lived in for a longer length of time. The Community Cafe idea is a way of inviting social, service and community groups to be part of the process of allowing people living with dementia to remain active in their own community.‘‘The continuing cafes are places where carers and people living with dementia are able to socialise with others in a similar situation, to discuss issues in a non-threatening and safe environment.’’The cafes are an opportunity to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of areas in the community.‘‘This is a small part and a start on the path to becoming a community that is dementia friendly,’’ Mr Levesque said. Finley Regional Care has also partnered with the Finley Dementia Alliance which is made up of people who care about this subject and understand the issues of caring for people with dementia as well as carers and people living with dementia. The alliance of the Dementia Australia, Finley Regional Care, Finley Dementia Alliance and Finley RSC have found ways to raise community awareness and education on this subject. ‘‘People living with dementia are essential to this education and are the driving force for awareness as they are able to tell us what the stumbling blocks are and where they find difficulties,’’ Mr Levesque added.‘‘Each community that is working towards becoming dementia friendly uses different ways to start their journey. Our alliance has chosen the community cafe approach, so that the community is involved from the start.‘‘We believe the stigma and lack of appropriate knowledge around dementia is lacking in a community situation. Awareness and education programs help people to feel comfortable and better able to do and say the right things in situations that they might in the past have found confronting.’’The trio of organisations will host its first community cafe at Finley RS Club on Friday, September 20, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Daniel Hughes






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Monthly Market for Can Assist

The Finley farmers’ market is being revitalised to support Can Assist.The markets will be held at the rear yard of Trying For Our Health in Pinnuck St and will be run monthly on every third Saturday.The first of the Can Assist markets will be held this weekend on Saturday, September 21.The idea was spearheaded by owner of TFOH, Lyn Pascoe, who believes it will be a great way for the community to engage with each other and raise funds for the local charity.‘‘The market is a great way to support local small business and a fabulous excuse for getting together with friends on a Saturday morning,’’ Mrs Pascoe said.‘‘The weather is warming and most of us are wanting to get out of our winter hibernation.‘‘The aim is to get the market going regularly. There has been much excitement and interest in there being a market in Finley again.’’With the weather fining up this spring, the market has also secured a soft serve ice cream truck and an appearance from Artisan bread who were a popular stall at the former Finley farmers’ market. Mrs Pascoe wants to help raise funds for a local group that works tirelessly in support of those struggling with cancer in the region. ‘‘They (Can Assist) work so hard at fundraising and giving support to those on a journey with cancer,’’ she said. For only a gold coin donation for the market which goes to Can Assist Finley, locals can experience and peruse a range of products from local businesses.‘‘The market has booked a great range of stalls, from metal art, wood craft and handicrafts to personal care products and even kayaks! ‘‘We have a range of home storage and home care options, bulbs and plants, health food and supplements, cakes for the sweet tooth and coffee for that morning pick me up.’’The market will also feature cafe tables, a sandpit for children and amenities are on site.The Can Assist Finley branch members are also hosting a stall of cakes and crafts on the day and will be available to talk to you about the work of the branch and how you can help if you are looking to get involved with supporting locals on a journey with cancer.Preparations for the October market day have already begun with Mrs Pascoe looking forward to teaming up with Feel Good in Finley to further expand the much anticipated first one this weekend.Feel Good in Finley will be held at the Finley RS Club on September 19 and 20. Phone Lyn Pascoe on 0423 206 590 for more information on the September and October market days.

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