US dementia expert Michael Verde to visit Margaret River

Alzheimer’s WA and the WA Country Health Service will bring award-winning US dementia expert Michael Verde to Margaret River as part of their groundbreaking Dementia Friendly Communities project.

With 7 out of 10 Australians touched by dementia, the need to increase understanding of how the community can support those living with dementia and their families has never been more relevant.

Mr Verde is the creator of the award-winning ‘There is a Bridge’ documentary, which explores the power of empathetic attention to keep people with dementia emotionally connected to others.

Mr Verde’s talks have been described as “transformational” and aim to provide insight on how to communicate and create meaningful connections with someone with living with dementia.

Michael will speak about creating community connection for people living with dementia in WA rural communities, and how every member of a community can help foster a Dementia Friendly Community.

Dementia Friendly Communities is a whole-town approach to supporting local people living with dementia to continue to be involved in activities they enjoy, reduce social isolation and add meaning and purpose to their day-to-day lives.

Michael will speak at Margaret River Council Chambers, Tuesday July 25 at 10.30am.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite

Registrations can also be made at the door. Refreshments will be provided.