Vale Patricia Maggs OAM

It is with sadness that Caladenia Dementia Care announces the loss of Trish Maggs OAM. Trish passed away peacefully, at 88 on August 10th, with her family around her.

On a winter’s day in 1983, Trish attended a Public Meeting for those concerned about the lack of services for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. From that meeting Alzheimer’s Australia, Victoria was born, as was Caladenia Dementia Care here in the Yarra Ranges.

Trish was the founder and the first co-ordinator; and her friends were the first volunteers. Trish was a force to be reckoned with and was “persistent” with her pursuit of Councillors and Council staff until she was able to find a permanent home for Caladenia at Meadowbank House in Mooroolbark.

The first program was held on August 10th, 1983. Trish was a driving force, a committee member, a board member, a patron and for the last 2 years – a participant in the programs as she herself received a diagnosis of dementia.

Caladenia is a not-for-profit charity, and provides services to over 60 people living with dementia a week. We also assist families and friends with support groups, advocacy, respite and information.

In Dementia Awareness Month this September – we ask you to spread the word, the rate of dementia is climbing and the Shire of Yarra Ranges will see a steep increase in the incidence of dementia among the population. All donations are gratefully accepted and directly support the work we do with people living with dementia and those who care for them.

Patricia Maggs OAM
Patricia Maggs OAM

A public memorial for Trish will be held at Saint John’s Anglican Church in Croydon on Friday September 22nd. Please consider a donation to Caladenia in Trish’s memory.
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  • There are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia
  • Of the people currently living with dementia 55% (228,238) are female and 45% (184,868) are male
  • By 2025 the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 536,164
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