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Funding for new Dementia Cafe In Riverwood



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Minister for Social Inclusion

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

DARYL MELHAM

Federal Member for Banks

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

18 July 2012

FUNDING FOR NEW DEMENTIA CAFÉ IN RIVERWOOD

Dementia sufferers in Riverwood and surrounding areas will have an opportunity network and engage in the community through a new Dementia Café funded by the Australian Government.

Minister for Ageing Mark Butler joined local Federal MP Daryl Melham at Riverwood Community Centre on Wednesday to visit the site of the new Dementia Cafe.

“Currently 269,000 Australians are living with dementia and that figure is projected to rise to almost 1 million by 2050,” Mark Butler said.

“We need innovative solutions to support people with dementia to remain active and engaged in their community.”

Member for Banks, Daryl Melham said the Riverwood Community Centre had been rewarded for their innovation.

“We’ve got some of the most innovative and committed NGOs in NSW here in the electorate of Banks and I’m proud of all the staff at Riverwood Community Centre.

“Often that feeling of being alone can be overwhelming for people with dementia and their carers so anything we can do to help people feel more connected is a good thing.

“With the new Dementia Café in Riverwood people with dementia, their families and carers will have somewhere to simply have a coffee and connect with people experiencing similar issues.”

Mr Butler said the Gillard Government is ramping up its effort to support people with dementia, their families and carers.

“The Government’s new aged care reform package Living Longer Living Better provides $3.7 billion of funding for aged care.”

“It includes $268.4 million to tackle the nation’s dementia epidemic.”

MEDIA CONTACTS: Daryl Melham MP Gwen Price 0419 492 348

Minister Mark Butler Brooke Wylie 0408 833 967