New Alzheimer's Australia office opened in Drouin
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 02:33, Monday 21 April 2014
A NEW Alzheimer’s Australia Vic office opened in Drouin on Thursday as part of an $800,000 expansion of the organisation, which works to assist the state’s rising number of dementia sufferers.
The new office will serve as a place for locals with dementia and their families to get support, help and advice.
The number of Victorians living with dementia has increased by 30,500 in the past 12 years to 78,000 people.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood, who officially opened the office, said in a media release the services offered were needed in the area.
“This centre is vital for the Gippsland community because we know that the number of people with dementia is increasing,” Mr Blackwood said.
“People and organisations can get advice about memory concerns, information, counselling support, educational programs, and help to navigate the service system.
“It’s been created to be the kind of place people can drop in for a chat or to meet people in a similar situation. It’s a place to find out what services are available locally, and what help is available.
“It will also strengthen links with other services in Gippsland, such as [the] Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service.”
Funding for the expansion came through the Home and Community Care program, which is funded by both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.
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