DEMENTIA CAFÉ

OPENS ON SYDNEY’S NORTH SHORE TO REDUCE ISOLATION AND SUPPORT CARERS

A new cafe is serving up fresh memories for people living with dementia on the north shore as diagnosis rates continue to rise across the region.

Volunteer Fiona Jenkins is a driving force behind the newly launched D Cafe in West Pymble that is helping to support people living with dementia and their loved ones.

She has been nominated for a Pride of Australia award.

As well as providing cups of coffee and a place where attendees can be themselves, the initiative also offers talks from guest speakers, light exercise programs and activities that stimulate the brain.

Ms Jenkins said she was inspired to assist in the launch of the cafe after supporting several close friends and family members through the early stages of diagnosis.“The cafe is By David Barwell entirely volunteer-run and most of us have had family or friends living with dementia,” she said.

“I’ve had some wonderful friends of who’ve been diagnosed and I really saw a growing need for something like this in the area”.