Bendigo Community Health Services has spent 18 months studying dementia through a new Community Connections project.

The project engaged people with dementia, partners, families and carers to learn how the disease impacts on lives and community.

 “We developed strong, trusting relationships with a number of our community members. The community opened their homes to us, showed us their photo albums of memories and even introduced us to their family,” a BCHS Community Connections project team member said.

BCHS staff will present the dementia project findings during a free public information session at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre at 121 View Street in Bendigo from 10am on September 29.

NOTE: Please note venue change from Capital Theatre to La Trobe Visual Arts Centre. All other details remain the same.

The session will include a presentation on what BCHS has learned from the study, videos from heartfelt interviews with families, information on how organisations can become dementia friendly and free help brochures.

BCHS staff will also showcase a dementia staff training system built through the learnings of the Community Connections project and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer’s Australia will also deliver a presentation during the session.

Event details

When: Thursday, September 29.
Where: La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo.
Time: 10am to 11.30am.
Cost: Free.

RSVP: Please click here to register by close of business on Monday, September 26.