Many people who live with Dementia continue to make their own choices and live rich and active lives but Dementia Australia’s research shows that there is a prevailing attitude that people living with dementia are old, frail and living in care.

Dementia affects almost half a million Australians and that number is estimated to double over the next 25 years. As something that will impact the lives of many Australians and their friends and family in the future we must work together to improve the care and wellbeing of those living with this disease and support people living with dementia to live well for as long as possible.


To access a range of online and face-to-face support services across the Northern Sydney region please see below.

Dementia-friendly cafes

Dementia-friendly cafes are support groups to promote social inclusivity for those living with dementia, as well as their friends, relatives and carers. Those who live with dementia can often feel isolated and lonely so these spaces that have been created to encourage people with shared experiences to meet. Find your nearest dementia-friendly café and enjoy a slice of a cake and a coffee together.

Hornsby dementia-friendly cafes (3 in this area)

Lane Cove dementia-friendly cafe (1 in this area)

Northern Beaches dementia-friendly cafe (1 in this area)

Ryde dementia-friendly café (1 in this area)

Willoughby dementia-friendly café (1 in this area)

Dementia-friendly organisations

What is a dementia-friendly organisation? Every business can ensure that people living with dementia are welcome, included and valued. Some changes to practices and the environment can help make local businesses more inclusive for people living with dementia.

Changes may include:

  • increasing the dementia awareness and communication skills of staff
  • improving the accessibility of signage and lighting
  • enhancing the readability of forms and documents.

For more information on becoming a dementia-friendly organisation please click here.

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia-friendly councils

Access number of local resources for those living with dementia and their carers:

Northern Beaches Council

Hornsby Council