Dementia carers benefit from Fraser Coast support group

CARING for someone with dementia is a challenge that can take every bit of strength a person can muster to make it through each day.

Peter has been caring for his wife for nearly six years and said it's been a difficult journey.

"Every day she wants to wear the same clothes and I put her favourite clothes away so she can't find them," he said.

"But she comes out and says 'look what I found'.

"She's frustrated because she can't explain anything anymore.

"It's very frustrating for me too, but the carer group is very supportive."

Toni's experience with dementia is different as she's seen the caring role from another perspective.

"My twin sister had dementia so I had to learn how to talk to her and tried to give my brother-in-law advice but he didn't listen," she said.

"As an outsider it was very hard for me.

"I've been coming to the group for two years and they're very supportive."

The Fraser Coast Dementia Carer Support Group support all family or friend carers of a person with dementia or short term memory loss.

Dementia advisor Dorothy Ross said that meetings encompass carer needs, overcoming challenges, support to rediscover independence, links with other services, and information to achieve a greater understanding of living with memory loss and/or dementia through to information on facilities and legal matters, all in a person-centred approach.

"At one meeting carers were asked what benefits they get from attending the support group and their responses were encouraging," Dorothy said.

"They share ideas and they feel like they have someone to talk to freely about any issues they have."

The group is co-hosted by Carers Queensland and the Dementia Advisory Support Service and all carer's and interested people are invited to attend on the last Friday of the month from 10am to 12pm at Ozcare, Torquay Rd, Pialba.

Phone Dorothy 4191 3030 or Carers Queensland team leader Christine on 4124 0922.

Dementia details

  • Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain
  • It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks which interferes with the person's normal social or working life
  • You don't have to be old to get dementia, it is not a normal part of aging and is more common after the age of 65 years, but people in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia
  • The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and alcohol-related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome)