Dementia retreat changes this couple’s outlook on life post-diagnosis

Sep 6, 2023

The different care models for people with dementia are heavily discussed and this type of program prides itself on being more like a retreat rather than a respite.

Group Homes Australia (GHA) recently held its first Rementia Together Retreat at the end of August, offering people with dementia and their support partner the emotional, psychological, and practical skills to live a fulfilling, empowered life post-diagnosis.

Since the five-day retreat, Denise and Stephen, both 68, have learned how to adjust their life to accommodate Denise’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis which she received in September 2022. Having heard from different guest speakers and connected with a group of people in a similar position, the Sydney couple’s outlook has changed and now have a support network to lean on.

“You don’t have to explain because they already know,” said Denise.

“If you were meeting someone who didn’t know about your diagnosis, it would be really difficult. In fact, I don’t bring it up with people I don’t know because sometimes you can see in their facial features that they don’t know how to react.


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