Richmond MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot has announced that Tweed Valley Services Inc will receive $50,000 as part of $3.5 million in grants to fund community projects to provide support and raise awareness for people with dementia and their families.

It is estimated that more than 245,000 Australians have dementia, and nearly one million family members and friends help care for them. 

“The $50,000 funding for the North Coast will support people with dementia, their families and carers,” Mrs Elliot said.

Tweed Valley Services Inc will receive $50,000 for the Living Life Well pilot project.

This project involves the development of Creative Life Story Albums to acknowledge the issues faced by people in the early stages of dementia and their carers and families.

“Australia has one of the longest life expectancies in the English-speaking world and with increased longevity comes the greater possibility of dementia and other chronic diseases and complex health conditions,” Mrs Elliot said.

“Communities throughout Australia will benefit from the grants which fund innovative projects to support and provide services for people with dementia, their families and carers.

“Local communities are the key to improving awareness about dementia and helping families and carers provide support and care.”

In the last two years the Rudd Government has provided nearly $225 million to the Dementia Initiative and more than $384 million to the National Respite for Carers Program to provide support and assistance to people with dementia, their families and carers.

“The Rudd Government is providing ongoing support to the Dementia Initiative, including early intervention programs, training for aged and community care workers to improve care for people with dementia, and funds for research,” Mrs Elliot said.

Further details of the grant recipients are available at www.health.gov.au/dementia