Living Well with Dementia

Find out about a range of services and resources available in the City for people living with dementia and their carers.

You Are Not Alone
Michael Verde Guest Speaker
Garden City Memory Café
Art & Soul Workshops
Heathcote Art Tours (H.A.T.)
Dementia-friendly communities
Alzheimer’s WA

A new report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)  shows dementia has now overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death among Australian women. Closer to home, the Access Economics Report, “Projections of dementia prevalence and incidence in WA: 2010 – 2050” shows that City of Melville has the highest number of people living with dementia compared to other local government areas in WA.

You Are Not Alone

The City of Melville is committed to supporting our community to live well with dementia as well as supporting measures to prevent its onset. As part of this commitment the City aligns its Age-Friendly Melville Plan with the Dementia Friendly Communities framework as outlined by Alzheimer’s WA (AWA), and works in close partnership with AWA to create a place where people living with dementia are supported and are able to participate in the everyday life of the local community.

The links and references here provide some insights and information about how we do this in partnership with others.

International Guest Speaker

Michael Verde, internationally renowned speaker and educator on living well with dementia, visited the City in 2015 and 2017 in partnership with Alzheimer’s WA and Attitudinal Healing WA. Feedback described his presentations as inspiring and life changing.

Michael believes that outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with Dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connection. He talked of the social and emotional isolation experienced by people living with Dementia and provided practical skills for families, friends and carers to help break down the barriers caused by the disease.

Listen to some of what Michael had to share about how we can all support people in our community who live with dementia to live good quality lives.


Garden City Memory Café

Inspired by Ardross couple Keith and Wendy Glance, the Memory Cafe is Perth’s first monthly coffee date specifically for people living with dementia.

Hosted by Coffea Fine Espresso in Garden City Shopping Centre, Memory Cafe takes place from 9am to 10.30am on the last Tuesday of every month.

It aims to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment where people living with dementia and their carers can meet and socialise. The Memory Café is a partnership between the City of Melville, Garden City AMP and Alzheimer’s WA and is supported by volunteers from Attitudinal Healing WA. Watch the videos below to gain an insight into the benefits of the Garden City Memory Café

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Watch this video interview with Tom Harmon, local Kardinya resident who provides an insight into living well with dementia and how every member in the community can contribute to the quality of life for those individuals living with this and other disabilities.

Art & Soul Workshops

A soothing art therapy program to beautiful live classical music for people living with Dementia and their carers.

Held on the last Thursday of the month at Blue Gum Community Centre in Brentwood.

Sessions run from 10am to 12pm, the next sessions are:

26 October 2017

30 November  2017

22 February 2018

29 March 2018

$5 per session, includes morning tea. Carers are free.  Bookings essential, call 9364 0147.

Find out more and register

Heathcote Art Tours (H.A.T.)

This innovative program, run from Heathcote Museum & Gallery, is designed for elderly people and people living with dementia/ Alzheimers and their care partners.

​Sessions run from 10am to11:30am, the next dates are:;

Wednesday, 1 November

Wednesday, 6 December

​2018 dates coming soon.

Each session is followed by refreshments at the Gallery.

Numbers are limited and you will need to enrol for this program.

For more information please contact Trish Halvorsen on (08) 9364 1507 or

​This program is jointly sponsored between Attitudinal Healing WA and the City of Melville.

Dementia-friendly communities

A diagnosis of dementia does not mean it is not possible to live well. Many people with dementia continue to drive, socialise and hold down satisfying jobs. Even as dementia progresses, people can lead active, healthy lives, carry on with their hobbies and enjoy loving friendships and relationships. Someone with dementia may forget an appointment or tell you the same joke twice, but their condition does not stop them doing the things that matter the most. It is easier for someone to live well with dementia if the people they come into contact with respond in a positive and supportive way. This is why having dementia-friendly communities is so important.

This site will continue to be developed with resources, information and links that may be useful for people living with dementia. Additionally some local members of the Melville Community who live with dementia and their care partners have offered to add their stories to this site via video interviews so monitor this site for additional information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to comment or provide feedback about this site.

Alzheimer’s WA

If you require further information about living with dementia or if you have concerns about a family member or friend please contact Alzheimer’s WA the dementia experts.

As the dementia experts Alzheimer’s WA works with those living with dementia and the organisations that care and supportthem, to have the greatest beneficial impact on their dementia journey. Their client services, advocacy work , training and consultancy programs are based on a philosophy of understanding the lived experience of dementia. We are guided by people living with dementia and our approach views dementia as a holistic experience for the person rather than just a biological illness.

To find out more visit Alzheimers WA or call  1300 66 77 88