Dementia friendly communities

Carer Support Group, Turramurra

A fortnightly Carers Support Group, for those caring for a family member or friend who is living with dementia, will meet in Turramurra on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Carers Support Groups are free and will begin on Wednesday 18 September.

Carers meet in the dining room at Meals on Wheels in Gilroy Lane with a Carer Support Coordinator from Northern District Local Health District, while their loved ones are offered activities such as art, music or gentle exercise in the Turramurra Seniors Centre next door.

Caring can be a demanding role, and those who spend a lot of time caring for another may feel quite isolated and overwhelmed. Support groups are a safe, friendly place where you can connect with other carers and access helpful, professional information. 

These support groups focus on the well-being of carers, so you are welcome to come along either with or without your care recipient.

Contact Robin Hall, Acting Aged Services Coordinator, Ku-ring-gai Council on 9424 0970; rhall@kmc.nsw.gov.au or Mary Beijerinck-Gooley, Carer Support Officer, NSLHD on 0434 323 411/9462 9488; Mary.BeijerinckGooley@health.nsw.gov.au 

This is a joint project with the NSLHD Carers Support Service. Dates will be Wednesday 2 and Wednesday 23 October.

D-caf (dementia café) in West Pymble

A weekly D-caf will be held at Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre in West Pymble each Tuesday, 9.30 to 11.30am.

D-cafs provide a place for people living with dementia and their family carers to socialise, relax and discover ways to live well with dementia.

Group members enjoy morning tea and chats, make connections, and stay active and informed about local services and supports.

A light exercise session and a guest speaker will be included in the program each week.

Apart from buying your own coffee, there is no cost to this group.

Bookings are essential, please contact Fiona Jenkins on 0402 837 877 or feeshal@optusnet.com.au.

This is a joint project run by Ku-ring-gai Council, Rotary, Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre and YMCA.

Further information

Call Ku-ring-gai Council Aged Service Coordinator on 9424 0970 rhall@kmc.nsw.gov.au or Disability Services Coordinator on 9424 0992 smarren@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

Other D-cafs are located at:

  • St Ives, KNC – Wednesdays – 10am to 12pm
  • Waitara PCYC – Thursdays - 10am to 12pm