Living with dementia

Senior at home

There are approximately 459,000 Australians living with dementia and almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. The City offers various support to people living with dementia and their families. Find resources and useful information in this section. 

Support for individuals

Swan Valley Memory Cafe

The Swan Valley Memory Cafe is a community group for people living with dementia, as well as their carers and families. Meet other, people join the sing-alongs, quizzes, games, craft and enjoy a friendly cuppa every fortnight.

Venue: The Minchin Centre, 3 Yule Road, Middle Swan

Date: Every second and fourth Tuesday of every month

Time: 10am to 12pm

Cost: Free to attend, donation for food and beverages

Bookings: No need to book, just come along and enjoy.

Contact: Contact Jan on phone 0419 850 633 or email swanvalleymemorycafe@gmail.com

Check out the Swan Valley Memory Cafe facebook page.

Dementia-specialised club

Since 2015, Swan Community Care has been working with Alzheimer’s WA to provide a contemporary method of support for people living with dementia, and their families.

Our specialised West Swan Club provides a person-centred approach by giving members the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities in a home-like environment. Find out more about the West Swan Club.

Free phone and email support service

The National Dementia Helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. A message service is available if you call after hours.

Useful videos to gain a greater understanding

Watch these helpful videos created by the City of Melville.

Dementia affects behaviour, thinking, and the ability to perform everyday tasks. With funding received from the Department of Communities, the City of Melville worked with Melville Theatre Company and Mind The Change Inc. to produce three videos that each depicts a scenario of a person living with dementia out in the community.

Watch the videos to gain a greater understanding of dementia, and find out what community members and businesses can do to help people living with dementia lead as full and independent a life as possible.

The Bank - Dementia can affect mood and behaviour. Watch this short video to find out how to effectively communicate with people living with dementia.

The Cafe - Dementia can affect decision making. Watch this short video to find out how to effectively communicate and respond to people living with dementia.

The Supermarket - Dementia can affect problem solving skills. Watch this short video to find out what can be done to assist people living with dementia.

How can community members, groups and individuals help?

Community members

Join the Swan Dementia Alliance!

Are you passionate about making your local community a more dementia friendly place for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers?

Based in the City of Swan, the Swan Dementia Alliance aims to:

  • provide advocacy
  • identify emerging needs and trends,
  • share information and promote best practice,
  • seek opportunities for projects and training, and
  • plan activities and events (including the Swan Dementia Alliance Forum, Dementia Awareness Month events and Seniors Week activities).

New members are always welcome. Our members include:

  • people living with dementia,
  • people who have friends or family with dementia,
  • local businesses,
  • community groups and sporting clubs,
  • not-for-profit service organisations, and
  • schools.

To find out more or to register your interest, please contact Caitlin Ciovica on phone 0427 573 517 or email caitlin.ciovica@swan.wa.gov.au

Clubs and community groups

What can you do as a sporting club, community group or not for profit organisation?

  • Add your own inclusive group,
  • Join your local Dementia Alliance,
  • Register to become a Dementia Friend, or
  • Download the Dementia-friendly Organisation brochure.

What can you do as an individual?

  • Join your local Dementia Alliance.
  • Become a Dementia Friends host.
  • Register to become a Dementia Friend.

Visit the Dementia Australia website for more information.

Organisations that can help

Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia represents the 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. For more information visit Dementia Australia.

Alzheimer's WA

If you require further information about living with dementia, or if you have concerns about a family member or friend, please contact Alzheimer's WA.

As the dementia experts, Alzheimer's WA works with those living with dementia, and the organisations that care and support them, to have the greatest beneficial impact on their dementia journey. Their client services, advocacy work, training, and consultancy programs are based on a philosophy of understanding the lived experience of dementia. We are guided by people living with dementia and our approach views dementia as a holistic experience for the person rather than just a biological illness.

To find out more visit Alzheimer's WA or call 1300 667 788.