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Dementia in the spotlight

A PROGRAM focusing on dementia, care and support services will be hosting four free information sessions to raise awareness of the condition in the local community.

Run by health professionals at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre, the ‘Light Up Your Mind’ program is designed to help those affected by dementia and those wanting to know more about the condition.

It provides useful information for those caring for someone with dementia and is open to anyone in the community.

Light Up Your Mind co-facilitator Pru Peschar said the program was developed in response to a growing need for practical strategies for reducing dementia.

“With more than 25-years’ experience in the heath sector, I have found that when people are aware and knowledgeable about dementia and the services available to them, they have an improved quality of life and less carer stress,” she said.

“In addition to caring for people with dementia, the course will also focus on the teaching of memory strategies, as well as lifestyle changes which can reduce the risk of developing dementia.”

Ms Peschar said fun and interactive activities, known as brain training, would be a key part of the course.

“Brain training has been proven to reduce the incidence and severity of dementia,” she said.

“Past responses to the course have all been very positive, with many people commenting on how much they enjoyed the group and how much more they now knew about dementia, its prevention and the services available.”

Former Light Up Your Mind members have said they learnt a lot, had fears dispelled and enjoyed the program.

Light Up Your Mind will be run in four two-hour sessions, commencing 30 April from 10am to 12noon at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre, Bayfield Street, Rosny.

For more information or to book a place in the program, phone Pru or Rebecca on 6166 2328.

Caption: Rebecca Kennett, left, and Pru Peschar will be conducting the Light Up Your Mind program at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre.