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Dementia Australia invites Parkes residents to take part in Care for the Carer program

Dementia Australia invites Parkes residents to take part in Care for the Carer program

Dementia Australia is holding a family carer education program for Parkes Shire residents who care for a loved one with dementia.

There are estimated to be more than 3700 people living with dementia in the federal electorate of Riverina, according to Dementia Australia.

The charity says that without a medical breakthrough, the number of people in the Riverina is expected to increase to an estimated 4700 people by 2058.

Dementia Australia's Carer Wellness program is designed for carers, family or friends of a person living with dementia and will focus on strategies, resources and support services for maintaining positive carer wellbeing and effective communication.

The course will be held at the Parkes Community Centre at 18 Rose Street on Thursday, August 20 from 9.30am to 3pm.

The topics include: The impact of caring for a person living with dementia on your wellbeing, strategies to improve and maintain your health and wellbeing, and how to access appropriate services and support.

Courses also provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with others who are sharing a similar experience, allowing time to socialise and share important links to local support services.

To find out more or to register for the course, residents can visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/carer-wellness-program-parkes-nsw-registration-115800421177 or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.

It provides advocacy, support services, education and information.

An estimated 459,000 people have dementia in Australia.