Free therapeutic activities for Brisbane locals living with dementia
Dementia Australia invites Brisbane locals living with dementia and their carers to attend free Therapeutic Activity Groups to help encourage social interaction and build connections.
All activities are facilitated by qualified therapists and aim to focus on strengthening an individual’s existing abilities by providing both verbal and non-verbal methods for communication and emotional expression.
Carers are encouraged to participate and assist participants by sharing the experience that can strengthen relationships through improved communication and understanding.
Dementia Australia Client Services Team Leader Sarah Allister said therapeutic activities provide people living with dementia with an activity that they can enjoy with their carer, while at the same time, offers a variety of outcomes positive to their health.
“There are estimated to be more than 80,000 people living with dementia in Queensland. Our goal is to provide enjoyable activities that people living with dementia can take part in that encourage them to live well,” Ms Allister said.
“Activities of similar nature have historically shown that singing and dancing can improve mood and abilities such as memory recall, which can lead to an overall improvement in self-esteem.
“We also encourage people to attend for the opportunity to meet other carers, families and friends of people living with dementia who share a similar experience and can provide important links to local support services.
“As places are limited, we invite and encourage anyone who is interested in attending to register today.”
Therapeutic activities available in Brisbane include:
- Dance Therapy: 10.00am – 12.00pm every Tuesday from 10 July until 14 August.
- Music Therapy: 10.30am – 11.30am Tuesday 10 July & Tuesday 24 July.
Group activities are free to attend and registrations are essential.
National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. Interpreter service is available
6 July 2018.