Ararat resident Michael Thornbury has vascular dementia and is cared for by his wife Elaine at their home.
During COVID-19, Mrs Thornbury said the Patricia Hinchey Centre Memory Support Group has continued to do welfare visits, despite the group being unable to meet.
"They pop in every week, even if it's only for 20 minutes, and have a chat and see if we're okay," she said.
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"Michael enjoys walking, so they often take him for short walks and they will also sit with him if I have to do a quick shop.
"We're very lucky in Ararat to have this service."
The Memory Support Group offers support for people with memory loss or who have been diagnosed with dementia to live independently in their own home.
Mrs Thornbury said the Memory Support Group was essential to keeping people socially active and assisting cares.
"That family support is so important ... but we are also blessed to have this support group," she said.
"When we were able to meet on Mondays we had the Memory Support Group, and then on Wednesdays Michael would attend the Men's Business Group too, who would take him on little trips ... for lunch or just for a coffee."
This week is Dementia Action Week, which aims to show that many people living with dementia can continue to live well for many years after their diagnosis.
Dementia affects close to half a million Australians and that number is expected to double in the next 25 years.
Patricia Hinchey Centre manager Jacinta Harman said they provide a "sensitive environment," to cater for individual needs.
"While we can't meet at the moment in our traditional setting, the group, once we are able to meet properly again, offers supportive activities allowing carers and family time out or just a change of scenery," she said.
"The group also assists people with memory loss to keep connected and stay in touch with their community."
If you would like further information about the Memory Support Group, please contact Jacinta Harman on 5352 9326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Memory Support Group will recommence when safe and practical.
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