Dementia Australia has commended Brisbane City Council for committing to making the Queensland capital dementia-friendly for the 2032 Olympics.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, University of Queensland’s Healthy Living Centre and Art Museum, and Iona college have also been officially recognised for their work to make Brisbane more dementia inclusive by Dementia Australia’s Dementia-Friendly Communities program, at an event hosted by the Brisbane South-East Dementia Alliance on Tuesday.

Dementia Advocates John Quinn and Glenys Petrie (centre) from the Brisbane South-East Dementia Alliance with representatives from City of Brisbane and other organisations that were acknowledged for their commitment to creating a dementia-friendly city.

The Brisbane South-East Dementia Alliance is one of some 30 community groups around the country run by volunteers who want to increase awareness and understanding of dementia.

It has been working with Brisbane City Council and the other organisations over the past few years. 

Developing tailored plans

The federally-funded Dementia-Friendly Communities program provides access to Dementia Australia information and resources and supports communities in developing tailored plans.

Maree McCabe

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe commended all parties for their leadership in working towards a dementia-friendly city by 2032, saying grassroots alliances like the Brisbane South-East Dementia Alliance could act as catalysts for change. 

“With 70 per cent or more of people with dementia living in the community it is our responsibility to be inclusive of people with dementia, to value their contributions and to respect their rights to access the services and activities we all expect to enjoy,” Ms McCabe said. 

“The program has the power to change the way we think about dementia and enable and empower people to live well with dementia. 

“I am thrilled with today’s announcement and look forward to following the progress as a dementia-friendly Brisbane 2032 becomes a reality.” 

Brisbane has been selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in June 23 – August 8, 2032.

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