Dementia Friendly Kiama



What is a dementia-friendly community?

A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

In the Kiama Municipality, Kiama Council, Alzheimer's Australia, and the University of Wollongong work together with the Kiama Local Dementia Alliance to make Kiama dementia-friendly.

How is Kiama dementia-friendly?


  • listen to what is important to people living with dementia in the Kiama community
  • operate the Kiama Local Dementia Alliance which includes people with dementia and representatives from local government, community organisations, businesses and schools. Kiama's Local Dementia Alliance meet regularly to support, discuss, provide advice and promote the dementia-friendly Kiama initiative.
  • support local organisations and businesses to become dementia-friendly with training and resources developed by Alzheimer's Australia for staff
  • raise awareness of dementia with information sessions, public lectures and education opportunities for all members of the community
  • work with organisations to promote volunteering, employment and other social engagement opportunities for people with dementia
  • work to improve the physical environment in Kiama and surrounds, such as providing better signage in public areas.

Watch our 4-minute clip for an overview of the Kiama's Dementia-Friendly initiative.

How can I help?

Everyone who is interested in making Kiama more dementia-friendly can get involved.

You can:

For more information contact:

Nick Guggisberg
Kiama Council
Phone: (02) 4232 0444

News and media

Dementia-Friendly Kiama Alliance

Australian Journal of Dementia Care

Dementia-friendly communities: Kiama project leads the way


Alzheimer's Australia

Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia.

Watch the Alzheimer's Australia video for an overview of the unspoken impact of dementia.

Dementia Illawarra

Dementia Illawarra provides information and resources including local social and support services for people living with dementia.

Dementia Alliance International

Dementia Alliance International 

(DAI) is the peak organisation globally representing people with dementia.

 It is widely accepted as the global voice of dementia and several members of our Dementia Friendly Kiama Advisory Group are members of DAI.

Understanding Dementia free online course 

The University of Tasmania offers a free 9-week online course 'Understanding Dementia'. Anyone is welcome to enrol.

Dementia Centre

News from the Dementia Centre

Public transport

Short 'Could it be dementia?' >videos showing how you could help a person with dementia who is travelling on public transport.


For more information contact:

Nick Guggisberg
Kiama Council
Phone: (02) 4232 0444