Dementia Cafe

Our take on the dementia cafe phenomenon and how we managed to create our own in our community.

Dementia Cafe

Our take on the dementia cafe phenomenon and how we managed to create our own in our own community.

WHAT IS DEMENTIA?

DEMENTIA:  a term used globally to describe all the symptoms related to chronic degenerative brain diseases that are both progressive and terminal.   Dementia is caused by a variety of diseases, including the most common, Alzheimer’s Disease.   

Dedicated scientists globally are working extremely hard to find us a cure!  

Until that happens, DEMENTIA CAFES around the world are working together to support those living at home with dementia and creating dementia-friendly communities.

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe in Blackburn, Melbourne is a volunteer run community peer support group for people living with dementia and their family.

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe in Blackburn, Melbourne is a volunteer run community peer support group for people living with dementia and their family.

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe made it to our local newspaper this week.  Thank you for joining in on the fun Whitehorse Leader Newspaper!

dancing with dementia Lisa Koba Tapfit Melbourne
Tapfit Melbourne Lisa Koba laughed with us this week and showed us the importance of dance at all ages, and especially if we are living with dementia, at The Umbrella Dementia Cafe, Blackburn, on the 7th April, 2017.


THE UMBRELLA DEMENTIA CAFE 

IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE HAVE OUR

OWN DEDICATED WEBSITE

www.UmbrellaDementiaCafes.com.au

2017 Dates and Program listed below


 

 

Who is the Umbrella Dementia Cafe?

We are a peer support group made up of couples, families and people living at home with dementia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. We casually meet once a month socialising, laughing and exchanging ideas about what it means to live better and longer at home with dementia. We support each other through the good and tough times, talk about what's important to us and importantly, what services are available to help us live our best lives.

Umbrella Dementia Cafe information table

Our group is made up of people living at home with dementia and their support person.  The support people in our group include sons, daughters and spouses who provide daily care for their loved one diagnosed with a dementia disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Lewy Bodies Dementia.

Together, as a group, we share what is important to us and the volunteers of our cafe work together to organise needs-based, person-centred activities for next the morning tea, with the aim of taking these ideas home with us.

Umbrella Dementia Cafe group survey

Therefore the cafe and its activities are a team effort.  Lead by Director of the cafe, Kirsty Porter, a dedicated group of volunteers work towards making a real difference in the lives of those living with dementia in our community.   

The volunteers who support the Umbrella Dementia Cafe are made up of many enthusiastic local Blackburn groups.  These groups include local families, businesses wanting to become dementia inclusive, and businesses who have a dementia specific service.  

But what make us a stand out, is that we welcome children from the local Blackburn Primary School who bring the magic and enthusiasm to our little group.   With Kirsty’s support these amazing children are embracing the ideals of innovation, education and awareness; certain to have far reaching and a positive impact in years to come.   Their involvement in the cafe is supported by both their wonderful parents and teachers.

We are also very fortunate and excited to have Amy Thomas, a Registered Music Therapist from Monash Health, who donates her time to the cafe each month.  She helps us navigate a personalised approach to music that aims to enhance and enrich positive behaviours while living at home with dementia.  

Amy Thomas dedicates her time to the Umbrella Dementia cafe helping us understand the power of music and connection while living at home with dementia.

We welcome new caregiver couples (in what-ever form that is) to our peer-support group. Please check out the Facebook page to get regular updates, photos and outcomes of each cafe. We are pleased to confirm that a dedicated website is in development and will be launched soon.

 

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month in 2017. The hire of the hall One Church is sponsored by the wonderful Menarock Aged Care Services and Wilfred & Hunter florists. 

 

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of The Umbrella Dementia Café or have a service, activity or product you think we could benefit from.

Look forward to meeting you,

 

~ Staying Connected to Self, Family & Community ~

 

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe team, Blackburn, Melbourne

Inspired by Alzheimer’s Cafes and Memory Cafes across the United Kingdom, America, Europe and Canada, The Age Of Senescence presents its own dementia cafe called

 

THE UMBRELLA

DEMENTIA CAFE 

"For the community, by the community"

Our scheduled cafes for 2017 

Tuesday 4th April

Dancing with Lisa Koba at TapFit Melbourne

Tuesday 2nd May 

Music, Alzheimers Australia, Students Monash University

Tuesday 6th June

Creative Dementia with Pamela Aldridge

Tuesday 4th July

DANCING with Dementia with Lisa Koba

(Families Invited)

Tuesday 1st August

Inside Gardening

Tuesday 5th September

Singing and Music 

Tuesday 3rd October

DANCING with Dementia with Lisa Koba

(Families Invited)

Tuesday 14th November

Our Favourite Hobbies

Tuesday 5th December

The Christmas Party!!

Please register your interest and RSVP below.  

 

Where:  The One. Community Centre, Surrey Rd, Blackburn, Melbourne.  (disability friendly & not faith bias).

 

Time:  10am - 12 noon

 

 

Who:   People living with dementia, their primary care-partners and anyone interested in dementia.  Care-partners required to stay (this is very important).  

* If you are a professional person attending it is crucial you RSVP as we’ll require you to complete forms protecting the children who attend the cafe

 

Cost:   $5 per person on the day.  100% will be used to purchase equipment and resources for the next cafe.

 

 

Contact:   Kirsty Porter (email: kirsty@umbrelladementiacafes.com.au)
Kirsty is a registered nurse with 20 years experience in the aged care sector with specialised knowledge and experience with all stages and types of dementia diseases.
(See more about Kirsty here)

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe

Proudly Sponsored by a local aged care team Menarock Aged Care Services.

Click on the logo below to learn more about what amazing services Menarock provide for the aged care community.

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Our little video about what we are doing in Blackburn, Melbourne in Australia

 DEMENTIA CAFÉ AROUND THE WORLD

The dementia café concept originated in Netherlands in 1997 as a peer support group combating the issues of stigmatisation, isolation and to ultimately increase dementia awareness in local communities. There are now community run dementia cafés operating successfully in the US, Canada, the UK and many other European countries.  Our aim is to follow these same global ideals, which are consistent with our own Australian National Framework for Action on Dementia (priorities 1 to 4).

A UK EXAMPLE 

By the Alzheimer's Association, UK

 

 

RSVP

If you would like to join us at the cafe or want more personalised information please drop me an email by filling out the RSVP form (here.  I look forward to personally inviting you or answer any queries about this event.

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group - Pabulum Cafe (Norwich, UK)

Sent us a beautiful video welcoming us to the dementia cafe global community

Follow the conversation FACEBOOK,  we have our very own dedicated page: The Umbrella Dementia Café. 

Click the Facebook logo to go straight to the page.

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe featured in the media

The Age of Senescence, Kirsty Porter featured in newspaper
3WBC 94.1FM
Editorial for The Umbrella Dementia Cafe
dancing with dementia Lisa Koba Tapfit Melbourne

Blogs with a focus on dementia

07/05/2017

The Artistry of Caregiving: A Book Review

The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregiving Journey – A Book Review – Written by Kirsty Porter  16 May 2017 ~ Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast ~ Dear Carole Brecht,   I was so inspired by your book and the style in which you delivered it, I decided to write this book review to read more…

18/12/2016

7 Top Tips For A Dementia Friendly Family Christmas.

7 Top Tips For A Dementia-Friendly Family Christmas. Written by Kirsty Porter  • 18 December 2016 • Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast  It’s Christmas again, and everyone wants to know, “What are we doing about Dad?”   David has Alzheimer’s Disease and has been living with this disease for 4 years now.   He is getting really read more…

09/10/2016

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe Radio Interview

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe Radio Interview Written by Kirsty Porter  • 9 October 2016 • Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast. The marketing for The Umbrella Dementia Cafe is in full swing.  The event has had two major promotional gigs this week.  A full editorial appeared in the local Whitehorse Leader newspaper about the cafe event and the read more…

04/10/2016

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease? Written by Kirsty Porter  • 3 October 2016 • Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe symptoms of a degenerative brain disease. Dementia is to Alzheimer’s what fruit is to an apple or what shortness of breath is to Asthma.   Dementia read more…

12/09/2016

Gene Wilder, Stigma and A Child’s Smile

Gene Wilder, Stigma and A Child’s Smile Written by Kirsty Porter  • 12 September 2016 • Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast    It’s been more than two weeks now since Gene Wilder died, and I’m still struggling with it. We may never know the full reason why Mr. Wilder and his loving family respectfully wanted to keep read more…

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