Small Acts of Love: A National Symposium on Dementia and Love

Event Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

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


Registration includes:

• 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 or through Eventbrite.


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