Rural cares get connected to help with dementia
AUSTRALIANS caring for people living with dementia in rural areas will soon have help literally at their fingertips with the rollout of the Virtual Dementia Friendly Rural Communities (Verily Connect) project.
Verily Connect is an online meeting place the connects carers and helps them to deliver critical support, dissolving the challenges of distance and isolation, through a newly developed smartphone app, website and videoconferencing.
Personal help will also be provided by local volunteers to complement the online technology which is backed by a $1.7 million investment by the Liberal Government.
Verily Connect is about supporting the many senior Australians who want to age in their local communities and with over 425,000 Australians living with dementia, the work of carers is critical, especially in regional locations.
.The Verily Connect project has three sites already active in Kooweerup, Victoria, Molong, NSW, and Victor Harbor, South Australia.
It will extend to: Edenhope, Warracknabeal, Kyneton, Heathcote, Horsham and Mansfield in Victoria; Nyngan in New South Wales; Riverland in South Australia.
To participate in the Verily Connect project go to https://verilyconnect.org.au/