Day 5: Dementia Awareness Month 2014

Steve_Milton_cropped_2Yes, it is already Day 5 of Dementia Awareness Month, and as the theme this year in Australia is focused on Dementia Friendly Communities, I thought I would post the information about the event taking in place in Adelaide, and the information and links to all of the events in Australia.

It is especially important for people with dementia and their family carers to hear about, and attend these events, as it is not really possible, no matter how much good will there is, to make decisions about what is a dementia-friendly Australia, without them. Please spread the word, and make this years Dementia Awareness Month events really stand out.

When Indigenous Australians first started speaking up not only to be recognised, but also for their rights, it was just a few of them; it took some time for them as a whole group of people to stand up and speak out. The same happened in the disability and gay communities, and now, we all would think it wrong if they were not at the centre of making their own decisions, and attending those events about them, So it is with people with dementia, and I am advocating to encourage, invite and support everyone with a diagnosis of dementia to come along and help decide what is best for you… thereby ensuring there is “nothing about us, without us”.


Dementia-friendly concepts and communities

Presented by Steve Milton from the UK

Alzheimer’s Australia has a vision to develop dementia-friendly communities and organisations in Australia to reduce the stigma and social isolation associated with a diagnosis of dementia. The essence of dementia-friendly communities is to engage people with dementia in everyday life. People with disabilities have insisted on societies being inclusive and so should people with dementia.

VENUE: Bio Innovation SA Conference Centre, 40-46 West Thebarton Rd, Thebarton SA 5031
TIME: 1.30pm Registration 2.00 – 3.30pm Lecture
Phone: 08 8372 2100


  • Discuss why social action is the way to reduce stigma and change community attitude about  dementia
  •  Present dementia-friendly case studies from the UK to highlight the key elements that make dementia-friendly communities possible
  • Examine the critical role of partnerships in creating dementia-friendly communities including through the leadership of people with dementia and Local Dementia Action Committees
  • Identify the outcomes that are being achieved by dementia-friendly communities and how they can be measured

Steve Milton is one of three directors of Innovations in Dementia, a not-for-profit community  interest company in the UK. Innovations in Dementia work with  people with dementia, partner  organisations and professionals to  develop and test projects that enhance the lives of people with dementia. Steve takes a leading role on dementia-friendly communities − and despite their small size − Innovations in Dementia’s work in this area has been highly influential in the UK, which made the creation of  dementia-friendly communities a priority of the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge in 2012.

This year’s theme gives individuals and businesses a better understanding of the steps they can take to ensure that all members of the community are engaged and involved, including those living with a diagnosis of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes International Guest Speaker Steve Milton, who will give a series of lectures on his experiences with dementia friendly communities within the UK. Steve is one of three directors of Innovations in dementia – a not-for-profit in the UK that tests innovative ways of engaging with people with dementia.

He takes the lead on dementia-friendly communities – and despite their small size – Innovations in Dementia’s work in this area has been highly influential in the UK, which had made the creation of dementia-friendly communities a priority of the Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge.

With a background in advice work and social care – Steve has been with Innovations since 2007 – and before that he set up and ran the National Alzheimer’s Helpline in the UK for eight years, and has spent many years as a freelance dementia trainer and consultant. Steve’s grandmother, grandfather, and father all had dementia.

Steve will be touring Australia on the following dates:

City Date Venue
Sydney, NSW 15 September 2014 Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney
Kiama, NSW 16 September 2014 Kiama Anglican Church, Terralong St, Kiama
Port Macquarie, NSW 17 September 2014 Rydges Hotel
Melbourne, VIC 18 September 2014 Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Hobart, TAS 19 September 2014 The Old Woolstore
Brisbane, QLD 22 September 2014 Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre
Canberra, ACT 23 September 2014 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
Adelaide, SA 24 September 2014 Bio Innovation SA conference Centre, 40 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton
Perth, WA 25 September 2014 WA Club, Crawley

For more information on the events above, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Australia office.

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