Hobsons Bay to host a groundbreaking Dementia Forum 


    By Louise Karch

    Does someone you love have dementia? 

    Finally, there’s some good news. A new group has formed called The Hobsons Bay Dementia Soaring Falcons Alliance. 

    The Alliance is hosting a pioneering Dementia Forum in March at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre. Interested community members are welcome to meet, and then enjoy morning tea provided by the Country Women’s Association (CWA) Altona Branch.

    Passionately motivated to make a difference for those with dementia and their carers, each founder has a unique story behind their desire to make positive change happen. Co-founder, Dementia Australia Advocate Natalie Ive, who is living with dementia says the Alliance aims to foster a dementia-friendly community that is inclusive and welcoming. “Our first event is this Forum. We want to bring people together to share their journey, learn more, gain tips, share resources and start a plan to make Hobsons Bay truly dementia-friendly,” she says.

    Wellbeing expert Dr Liz Cyarto joined because her mum lived with dementia for over 15 years. “I want to ensure people living with dementia, and those who support them, have the best quality of life for as long as possible,” says Dr Cyarto.

    Other founders represent families, local leaders like former Mayor Sandra Wilson, and business owner Charlene Borg of Fitness for Her.

    Ms Borg says she’s proud to be part of this new Alliance. “Science shows that being physically active benefits the body and protects the brain,” she says.

    Forum attendees will learn about community resources including six tailored exercise sessions for those living with dementia. The forum and these exercise classes are supported by The Hobsons Bay Community Fund, The Lions Club of Altona and The Rotary Club of Altona City.

    Natalie Ive’s daughter, Daniela Kotevski, is deeply moved by the community’s generosity. “Assistance from Hobsons Bay City Council staff and yummy food provided by CWA Altona Branch lifts us all as we work to make things better.” 

    Friday, March 15
    10:00 am–12:00 pm
    Morning Tea included
    Hobsons Bay Civic Centre,
    115 Civic Parade, Altona 

    Register today by phone: 0432 161 777


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