Taste to Remember 2017

OVER 50 seniors, many of them who provide care to a person with memory loss, gathered in Box Hill Town Hall attend the Taste to Remember Forum. lifeAssist and Alzheimer's Australia Vic were proud to have presented at the event.

Taste to Remember targeted at culturally and linguistically diverse groups in the Eastern Metropolitan region. The forum uses food and culture to spark discussions around dementia and memory loss.

Members from the Filipino, Chinese, and Polish communities attended. The lunch served was an assortment of food from these cultures, and the music performed was from community members attending.

“In Australia, people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups have different levels of comfort in talking about dementia and this reluctance can be a barrier to accessing dementia services,” Said UnitingCare lifeAssist Interim CEO, Emmanuel Gauci.

“The Taste to Remember forums are a fun and engaging way to raise awareness about dementia and memory loss and to help individuals learn more about the support and services available to them,” Mr Gauci said.

According to Alzheimer’s Australia, there are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia. By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164. Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians. Projections suggest that by 2025 some 255,800 carers will be needed in the community to care for those with dementia.

“Carers often feel forgotten, putting in many hours of unpaid care to look after a spouse, family member or close friend,” said Program Manager at UnitingCare lifeAssist, Zana Basic.

“The toll is often high for those caring for someone with dementia or memory loss, who may not even recognise the loved one caring for them.”

lifeAssist offers respite services to carers living in the Eastern Metropolitan region.

Respite services give carers time to rest, pursue an activity that they can’t do while in their caring role, or simply get tasks done which are neglected as care for their loved one is prioritised.

Taste to Remember was co-hosted by UnitingCare lifeAssist and Alzheimer’s Australia.