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The Shire of Manjimup has achieved another significant milestone in being the first Local Government in Australia to be presented with an Alzheimer's WA Certificate of Commitment. The Certificate recognises the Shire's commitment to achieving a Dementia Friendly Community. In partnership with Alzheimer's WA the Shire is implementing a specific set of principles designed to meet the criteria of a Dementia Friendly Community and are on the way to being the first Dementia Friendly Community in Australia.
A Dementia Friendly Community is one where people living with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. We all have a part to play in working towards becoming dementia friendly. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, if you are living with dementia, as a community group, carer, or business.
The certificate was presented to Shire President Paul Omodei by Trish McCourt, Alzheimer's WA Community Liaison Officer – Manjimup, during a small gathering at the Manjimup Home and Community Care Office on 29 September 2017.
Trish will be working from the Manjimup Community Resource Centre one day per week and facilitating a local working group consisting of Alzheimer's WA, Shire of Manjimup, Southern Forest Medical Centre, Rotary Club, Commonwealth Bank, Moonya Lodge, the Community Resource Centre and two residents (one living with dementia), aiming to educate the public and business proprietors about dementia. Business' are encouraged to get on board and implement the principles designed to meet the criteria and be recognised by Alzheimer's WA and help to provide a positive, inclusive and welcoming community for those living with dementia.
On accepting the certificate Shire President Paul Omodei, said that "today was a great day and that he is proud of the initiatives the Shire is undertaking toward becoming dementia friendly, which include the dementia friendly principles being implemented at the Wellness and Respite Community Centre which is currently under construction and the Town Centre Revitalisation Project".
"It is fitting to be presented this certificate during National Dementia Awareness Month" said Cr Omodei. He thanked Manager of Home and Community Care Liz Lockyear for her leadership and acknowledged the value of elderly people in the community and their wealth of knowledge and experience. "A community based approach to people living with dementia is recognised in our Friendly Community Plan and our Access and Inclusion Plan." added Cr Omodei
Trish intends organising to meet with businesses, service providers, groups, clubs and the general community in the following weeks to talk about the Dementia Friendly Community project and what they can do towards the cause. This will be guided by the working group and the action plan. In the meantime, if business' or others wish to contact Trish to 'get started now' on their commitment, they can email Trish.McCourt@alzheimers.org.au.
Pictured L-R: Jenni Oliver, Andrew Campbell, Paul Omodei, Michael Leers, Trish McCourt, Gail Ipsen CuttsLiz Lockyear, Kelsie Collins, Spencer Roberts, Evy Apeldoorn.
Authorised by Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive OfficerContact: Sheri Laba, Public Relations OfficerContact for comment: Paul Omodei, Shire President, 0448 810 773