Living in Western Australia, we're lucky to have so many community support services at our disposal ranging from dementia support to joining a craft class in your local area. To find out more about some of the services available click on the image or read below.
There are almost 200 Men’s Sheds of WA across the metropolitan and regional areas. Each Men’s Shed is individual and cultivates diversity as well as health and wellbeing. Depending on the group, some have community programmes, workshops and events - but mateship is always a common thread.
At Catholic Homes we have our own men’s group called Circle of Men (WA) where our male residents and volunteers meet regularly to share stories and friendship.
Creative Intervention Services
Creativity plays a significant part in supporting the wellbeing of people with dementia as it allows them to express themselves artistically. Catholic Homes’ music, art and gardening projects have been hugely successful. The Art Gallery of WA runs art tours and workshops specifically aimed at those living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia WA can offer more information including the details about their Friends in Harmony Choir for people with early onset dementia who love singing.
Social Clubs and Groups
Joining a club is a great way to meet people and to bond over lawn bowls, golf, bridge, chess, dancing, sailing or bingo. Some past-times can be solitary but by joining a walking, canoeing, writing or art group you can exercise the body and the mind while making friends. As well as senior citizen centres, there are also Meetup groups aimed at like-minded retirees seeking friendship, travel companions, events and all kinds of pursuits you mightn’t have considered.
Selected cafes across Perth and regional areas regularly host morning teas specifically for people living with dementia. In partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and local government, Perth’s first Memory Café at Coffea Fine Espresso in Garden City Shopping Centre, was inspired by former resident Keith Glance and his wife Wendy. Keith was diagnosed with early onset dementia and during a speech he made in 2017, he talked about wanting somewhere to go where he could feel normal. Keith passed away in December 2018 but his legacy lives on as there are 14 Memory Cafes currently in operation.
Catholic Homes’ Dementia Support Group
Catholic Homes has opened up their Dementia Support Group to the public to help build a network of support to the carers and family members of those living with dementia. Sessions are usually run on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Rebecca O’Sullivan on 0414 592 346 or Philip Carrier on 0409 840 388 for details.
With more time to travel, there are cruise and tour companies aimed at the young at heart for domestic and international travel. There are also plenty of day trips with groups where you can explore our state while knowing that you’re being well catered for. Have a Go News has a substantial travel section full of inspiration.
Creating Dementia Friendly Communities
Dementia can be incredibly isolating but through informal events people can be made to feel welcomed and accepted while remaining socially active and connected. Increased community awareness has led to the ongoing development of a dementia inclusive society and for more information contact Alzheimer’s Australia WA.
Don’t forget that your WA Seniors Card gives you discounts off transportation, dining, travel, cinemas, shops, recreation and personal services.