About the Symposium
Small Acts of Love will explore the importance of love in the lives of people with dementia.
The focus on love draws on the National Framework for Action on Dementia and the Guide to
Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community developed by Alzheimer’s Australia. These
documents outline the importance of ensuring that people with dementia are valued and
respected and have the right to dignity, choice and quality of life. The Symposium responds
to these documents by presenting strategies for service providers and community members
to enact them.
The Symposium presents love as a common ground we all share and demonstrates the ways
in which focusing on love can help ensure people with dementia are valued and respected.
Symposium delegates will be guided through an understanding of the significance of love and
how small acts of love can transform the lives of people with dementia.
The Symposium will feature the perspectives of people with dementia, their family and
friends on dementia, love and: intimate relationships; family dynamics; service delivery;
gender roles, identity and expression; dementia-friendly communities; and sense of place and
belonging. Symposium workshops will enable delegates to explore a range of practical
approaches addressing dementia and love that can be adapted to their workplace or
• Book launch and exhibition: Monday 13th February 5.00 – 6.30pm, Ballarat Library
• Full day Symposium: Tuesday 14th 9.00 – 5.00pm, Mechanics Institute
• Valentine’s Day Picnic
• Full day Symposium: Wednesday 15th 9.00 am – 5.00pm.
• Dementia and Love Tool Kit.
Details: 13 – 15th February 2017, Ballarat Victoria
Registration: register by 30/12/16 to receive the early bird discount ($170) through the
Symposium webpage opalinstitute.org/dementia-and-love or through Eventbrite.