Younger Onset Dementia Group
The members of this group, who are aged under 65 years and living with dementia, share experiences, concerns and stimulating activities in a supportive environment.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence started the group, which is based at our Banksia Services Frankston centre, after identifying a pressing need for such a service as most dementia services assist far older people.
The members say the group gives them a sense of ownership, a chance to be heard and a place of hope.
They appreciate having a place where they can share experiences and concerns, give and receive advice and learn more about dementia. Friendships, cohesion and trust among them have helped to create a safe and welcoming social environment.
Our staff support them to deploy their knowledge and skills on the activities and projects of their own choosing, often out in the community.
Among their projects, the group is working with secondary school students to produce a DVD about younger onset dementia for those who have been newly diagnosed with the condition. In another project members are visiting a local preschool for storytelling with the children and assisting with gardening.
The Younger Onset Dementia Group also gives carers the opportunity to take a break, confident that their loved ones are well cared for and pursuing the interests of their choice.
Through Banksia Services Frankston we also arrange respite care, which means that, in addition to the Younger Onset Dementia Group’s sessions, carers can have some ‘time out’ at other times.
At our centre in Frankston we provide short-break stay of up to four nights at a time. We offer care at the centre for a few hours during the day and evening, seven days a week. We also can arrange care in people’s homes.
In addition we support carers with advice, practical information and the opportunity for companionship with other carers.
Our ‘future planning’ service for carers of people with dementia helps them prepare for changing circumstances in the future.
People who are aged 65 or under, have dementia or memory loss, and live in the local council areas of Frankston, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula are eligible for the Younger Onset Dementia Group.
The Younger Onset Dementia Group meets on Mondays from 9am to 3pm at Banksia Services Frankston, 12 Inglis Avenue, Frankston.
Each weekly session costs $15, which includes lunch cooked in our own kitchen.
The Younger Onset Dementia Group is funded by the Victorian Government.