Dementia Action Week is a Dementia Australia initiative which takes place from 21 – 27 September 2020. Dementia Action Week aims to change attitudes and behaviours towards dementia.

Many people who live with this illness 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.

Virtual conferences and webinars

International Dementia Conference 2020 – Care in the Age of Outrage – New online interactive conference

Launching on World Alzheimer’s Day, this year’s conference will be live-streamed and on demand with renowned speakers from across the globe sharing insights and latest research on dementia care practice.

Delegates will have unprecedented access to expert speakers with the opportunity to participate in interactive online Q & A sessions with international and national thought leaders.

Date: 21 September 2020 – 22 September 2020

Location: Sydney

Type: Conference

Click here to register 


Prof. Susan Kurrle Dementia Webinar: Small Actions, Big Differences.

Prof. Susan Kurrle, an eminent voice on dementia will be coming to us live to discuss dementia and the small actions people can take to create a big difference to the lives of people with dementia.

Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Online (Zoom)

Type: Webinar

Click here to register


Sydney Community Services – Learning to Live with Dementia

Living with Dementia  is a program of 7 sessions held on Zoom starting Monday August 31. These sessions will provide an overview of dementia and how to proceed after diagnosis including coping with change, relationships and communication, planning for the future and staying healthy.

Dates and times:

  • Monday 31 August, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ( can be viewed later)
  • Monday 7 September, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ( can be viewed later)
  • Monday 14 September, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday 21 September, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday 28 September, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday 6 October, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday 12 October, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Click here to register

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.

Dementia-friendly councils

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

Northern Beaches Council

Hornsby Council