The Council engaged local consultant EJ Shu to develop a Dementia-Friendly Central Coast Framework. The Framework adopts Alzheimer’s Australia definition of a dementia-friendly community as a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. The Council recognises that meeting the challenges of dementia will need a collaborative whole-of-community approach in order to raise dementia awareness and promote improved health outcomes. The process of becoming a dementia-friendly community should be shaped and driven by local concerns, aspirations and actions.
Six themes or key dimensions for change were identified that address local priorities of the Central Coast community:
- increasing knowledge about dementia;
- improving attitudes and interactions;
- enhancing access to services;
- facilitating social integration
- improving spaces and places; and
- supporting carers.