Ku-ring-gai’s first dementia-friendly café opens in August

Published on 6 August 2019

The Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre in West Pymble will host a weekly ‘D-Café’ on Tuesday mornings from 13 August.

The dementia friendly space will be coordinated by Ku-ring-gai Council, Rotary and Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre volunteers and YMCA staff.

From 13 August, the Ku-ring-gai D-café will open every Tuesday morning from 9.30am and 11.30am as a support group for people living with dementia and their carers.

As well as a delicious cup of coffee or tea, the D-café will offer a light functional exercise program and a guest speaker on dementia-related topics.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the introduction of a D-café was the first step in making Ku-ring-gai a ‘dementia-friendly community’.

“Ku-ring-gai has a higher than average proportion of people aged 80 and over living locally and age-related diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s need to be supported where possible in our community.”

“We are very thankful to the volunteers and staff of Rotary, Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre and the YMCA for being part of this initiative.”

Admission to the D-café is free except for the cost of coffee and other refreshments. To find out more call the Council’s Aged and Disability team on 9424 0000 or Rotary on 0402 837 877.

The Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre is located at Prince of Wales Drive in Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au