The Maranoa Club

The Maranoa Club has been designed specifically for clients with Younger Onset Dementia & their carers

Younger Onset Dementia

Younger onset dementia (YOD), also known as early-onset dementia, refers to the occurrence of dementia symptoms in individuals who are below the age of 65. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is characterized by memory loss, impaired cognitive function, and changes in behaviour.

While dementia is more commonly associated with older adults, it can affect individuals in their 40s, 50s, or early 60s. Younger onset dementia may present unique challenges because it can impact individuals during their prime working and family-raising years.

Early detection and intervention are crucial for addressing symptoms, providing appropriate support, and helping individuals and their families cope with the challenges associated with dementia. Treatment may involve medications, therapy, and lifestyle modifications to improve quality of life.

BASScare’s Maranoa Club recognises the unique challenges faced by individuals with YOD and their caregivers. The club is dedicated to providing support to caregivers while simultaneously offering age-appropriate and meaningful activities for those diagnosed with YOD.

Here are some key aspects of how Maranoa Club aims to fulfill this mission

  • Provides a support network to help caregivers cope with the emotional, financial, and practical challenges associated with caring for a loved one with YOD.
  • Designs and implements specialised programs and activities that cater to the unique needs and interests of individuals with YOD. These activities are chosen with consideration for the age, preferences, and abilities of the participants.
  • Focuses on activities that stimulate cognitive function, recognising the importance of maintaining mental agility for individuals with YOD. These activities may include memory games, puzzles, gardening and creative pursuits that engage and challenge.
  • Recognising the social isolation that can accompany YOD, Maranoa Club emphasises creating a supportive community. Social activities and outings provide opportunities for individuals with YOD to connect with peers and the community, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of isolation.
  • The club promotes activities that enhance both physical and mental well-being. This may include exercises adapted to the abilities of the participants, mindfulness sessions, and activities that encourage self-expression and creativity.

By addressing the specific needs of both caregivers and individuals with YOD, BASScare’s Maranoa Club plays a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for those affected by this challenging condition. The club’s holistic approach aims to create an inclusive and supportive environment that empowers individuals with YOD to live fulfilling lives as part of a community while providing essential support to their caregivers.

My Place at Maranoa Club

Looking for a welcoming space away from home where you and your loved ones can unwind and connect? Look no further than My Place, the drop-in centre at Maranoa Club created to bring joy, relaxation, and community to your evenings and weekends. Somewhere our clients perceive as their space and feel secure and comfortable. Their place away from home where they can be the host.

Available to current clients only.