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4 Oct 2022
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Three council reserves still on the market, CEN claims
One per cent of council grants for Peninsula community
Council starts beach patrols early
Men's Shed receives further $20,000 grant
Three groups benefit from Club Grants
Umina CWA cooking competition
Call to support establishment of alternative schools
Ferries diverted
Firefighters called to Umina house fire
Vietnam Vets receive support service grant
Tender sought for landfill cell design at Woy Woy tip
Volunteers wanted for Woytopia Festival
Naidoc event at Mingaletta
Teddy bear tribute to a late husband
Fire brigade seeks four part-time fire fighters
Sydney's 'Roaring 20s' to be relived
'Slime lab' at shopping centre
Coronavirus case numbers level off to 190
September rainfall was well above average
Four-unit development planned adjacent to bowls club
Dual occupancy application requests street tree removal
More than 120 DAs remain 'under assessment'
Simple and safe solution is to install roundabout
Dementia sufferers often feel isolated
Ratepayers' objections overridden at ratepayers' cost
Council decisions - administrator or dictator?
'Putinesque' is legitimate description of DA process
Is placing Council under administration not intervention?
'Girls' Night In' to raise funds for Cancer Council
Hospital visiting restrictions change
New Telehealth system for aged care home
Sit Saturday Sunrise meditations start
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Little Theatre holds auditions
Awards made for Little Theatre's Flash Festival
Folk club to hold performers' night
Patchwork group shares achievements
Bridget wins silver medal with Sydney North tennis team
Students present projects at 'sustainability convention'
Ettalong's HeadStart program is about to start
Preschool to set up 'loose parts' play yard
Great North Walk to receive upgrade
Stage 2 students share $100 prize pool for reading
Twilight Spring Fair planned for October 15
Umina United beat SEU 6-0 in women's grand final
Rugby club to have most important meeting since 1975
SEU Reserves win WPL grand final
Bridge club plays Spring Pairs
Charity bowls raises $1320 at Ettalong
Women's charity day raises $2000
Access restricted to leisure centre
Spectacular Twenty Twenty Two
Tennis club wins grant for re-fencing project
Junior touch rep team trials announced
Rooster Juniors seek coaching interest



Dementia sufferers often feel isolated

Dementia Action Week was September 19 to 25 and, as it theme says, "a little support can make a big difference".

Although we do not have an exact figure for the Central Coast, we do know that one third of the National count live in NSW - close to 162,000 - a number that is set to double in the next 25 years.

With the latest Census statistics showing that the Peninsula population median age is 47 compared to the national average of 37, we are likely to have higher rates of dementia than in many other parts of Australia.

We are extremely fortunate to have three aged care homes on the Peninsula, which accommodate people living with dementia, but we also know that around 65 per cent of those with dementia continue to live in the community, and often feel isolated because of the stigma and discrimination associated with the condition.

In 2018, the Central Coast Dementia Alliance was formed with the aim "to work together to increase understanding of dementia and to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia, their carers and families".

This dedicated group of people continue working towards their goal, and this year have completed an education day for health professionals, the development of a toolkit for clinicians, information and awareness sessions with community groups, and a mail out to all primary schools on the Coast of two books written specifically for younger children.

The Alliance is also about to launch a free guide to dementia services and support on the Central Coast for people living with dementia and their carers.

Doctors will be able to obtain copies of this guide through the Alliance.

Amongst the information in this guide are details of the Rotary Dementia Cafes, where people living in the community with their carers can come along and participate in dementia friendly social activities.

The flagship cafe at the CWA hall in Umina is shortly to be joined by a second Rotary DCaf at the Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre.

How can the community help people living with dementia to remain active in the community?

As the theme for Dementia Awareness Week tells us: "A little support makes a big difference".

By everyone having a better understanding of dementia and seeing that a purposeful life can continue after diagnosis, discrimination and its impacts can be eliminated.

To learn more about dementia and how you can help to make the Central Coast a more dementia friendly-community, and to organise a presentation to your Community Groups, email

For more information about the Rotary Dementia Cafe in Umina, contact Di on 0404 147 743.

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