Homelessness and dementia will be the focus of a series of free seminars hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, in partnership with Homelessness NSW.
The seminars will be on Wednesday, May 27, in Sydney and on Thursday, May 28, in Wollongong, with more planned for later in the year in Tweed and Orange.
The afternoon session, for professionals in the aged- and community-care sectors, will address the needs and barriers faced by those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and have cognitive decline. The morning session, for people working in the homelessness sector, will raise awareness of dementia and how it affects people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW project officer Mary Bills said she hopes those from the homelessness sector walk away with a better understanding of dementia and how they can link to services in the aged-care sector.
“I also hope those from the aged-care sector have a better understanding of homelessness and [perhaps change] their perceptions and will have better recognition of ways to work with the homelessness sector in providing support to people who have dementia and are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” Bills said.
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