Dementia Awareness Month Recognised at Japara Trevu House

Led by Dementia Champion, Nadia Stankevicius, the home in Gawler East, South Australia, celebrated the month with a range of activities.

September was Dementia Awareness month. At Trevu, Nadia decided that they would recognise the month consistently. The men’s woodwork group, and female residents both chipped in, with the men painting 68 purple figurines, with paint supplied by the Gawler Bunnings, Gunnersons’ supplying plywood and Jarrod Hewitson from J & R Hewitson providing the figurines , whilst the women created purple ribbons (purple is the colour representing Dementia awareness month). These were created in preparation for South Australia’s official dementia awareness day, Thursday 21st of September.

Before that day, there had been a campaign to support Dementia Australia’s “You are not alone” campaign, encouraging people to make sure they offer the support that people living with Dementia deserve. The home’s “serenity club” dementia program was also advertised, designed to help residents with memory loss with simple yet enjoyable activities.

The official day was a success, with the state MP for Light, MR Tony Piccolo in attendance to present the sponsors certificate of appreciation, whilst Morna Coates represented Dementia Australia. A number of children from the local Xavier and Immanuel primary schools also attended. It was a great day, with a morning tea provided, brain games, quizzes, and healthy lifestyle discussions. The hand-painted figurines were placed carefully on the front lawn by Volunteer Ian Sandeman. Mr Piccolo planned to use the event for his magazine, whilst the local paper, the Bunyip Press, attended, and also wrote an article. It was a great day for a worthy cause, enjoyed by all.

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