Caroline Grogan

Caroline Grogan works at Centacare Community Services in Brisbane North. She is co-ordinator of Share the Care program. This program seeks to support carers in their valued caring role to enable and support frail elderly and people living with dementia to stay living in their community home. Caroline has a Bachelor of Human Services and Masters of Social Work with Distinction. Caroline is currently doing post graduate research into developing inclusive research methods towards creating Dementia Friendly Communities through Queensland University of Technology.

Caroline will present Memory Café’s role in providing innovative community support for people living with dementia.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” (Van Gogh).

The Lantern Memory Café is an example of this. From a shared value base and professional relationship between Centacare Enoggera and Churches of Christ (CoC) a passionate desire to help create a Dementia Friendly Community emerged. We hope to break down barriers to be more inclusive, understanding and supportive of people living with dementia with flow on effects for wider society. This initiative has engaged people with dementia and advocates from the outset. The space is designed in an open engaging, dementia friendly way. This Memory Café meets bi monthly and was opened on the 25th of November last year with John Quinn and friends officially cutting the ribbon. We are privileged to have a reference group of clients who inform and direct this project, e.g. suggesting speakers or information they wish to be covered.

Monday Concurrent A5: Leading the Pack – Focus on Dementia, 11.00am-11.30am