A PORT Macquarie Alzheimer’s Australia volunteer has expressed concerns for the Creating a Dementia Friendly Community Project.
From June 30, 2016 funding will no longer be available for a projects officer position given the responsibility of encouraging businesses and service providers in Port Macquarie to become dementia friendly.
Dementia friendly project volunteer Sarah declared an interest in the matterafter beingdiagnosed with features ofdementia caused byhydrocephalus three years ago.
“The Port Macquarie branch have been leaders in the state for this and I am worried the very successful project will lose momentum come July,” she said.
Alzheimers Australia North Coast regional managerGary Thomas saidfunding was received in 2011 for the project under the National Dementia Care Seed Pilot Program.
“We were lucky to have a position for a project officer to take care of the projectbut we always knew there was a time limit onthe position,” he said.
Sarah called for state and in particular federal governments to take interest in aged care and programs such as the Creating a Dementia Friendly Community Project.
“I’ve worked with Alzheimer’s Australia for about three years now and they doan outstanding job trying to work with the resources they have.I know they are trying to make the dollar go as far as it can,”she said.
Mr Thomas said from the start he had been an advocate for the project and would continue to do so with the help of an established steering committee.
“Thesteering committee has an array of peopleinvolved from education, police, health, aged care, ministers, clubs, council, carers, tourism, chamber and more. There are representatives from across the board who’ve developed a work plan,” he said.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams, as a steering committee member and former first chair, pushed the importance of community involvement in the project.
“This initiative started when a group of people sat around a table and discussed Port Macquarie becoming more dementia friendly, before any kind of funding,” she said.
Ms Williams said she was confident momentum would continue for the project.
“Now we can extend the program to Tweet Heads and Myall Lake. Port Macquarie has served as the project founders and now we are able to evaluate the success and back that up with evidence,” Mr Thomas said.
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