Carers mindful of steps ahead

EMPATHY: Ainslie Whyborn (left), Beechworth Health Service chief executive Mark Ashcroft, Joan Simms, Di Everingham, Lorna Nash and Penny Bingham offered information at Beechworth kiosk on Saturday to foster community awareness of dementia and its effects.

BEECHWORTH kiosk on Saturday became the ‘go to’ place for information about ways to support people with dementia.

September is national dementia awareness month and Alzheimer’s Australia is helping to co-ordinate ‘You are not alone’ – a national campaign to foster community support and understanding for those who have dementia and for the people who care for them.

A carer support group developed in Beechworth after it was selected as a pilot community for a program called ‘Changing Minds’ in 2015 and Saturday’s information exchange was the first of three activities to build wider community awareness of the condition.

Beechworth’s Lorna Nash – who has helped to shape the group – said a caring role could be a difficult and lonely journey.

“Our aim is to help and support each through sharing problems, knowledge and reinforce the message that ‘you are not alone,” she said.

Beechworth Health Service chief executive Mark Ashcroft said the committed carer group was to be acknowledged for its work with the health service to raise awareness of dementia in the community.

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