Love fest – It’s here in Perth!


LoveFest is just around the corner now – only 2 more sleeps (Thursday May 3rd) – And I am so excited to be a part of it!

Please, if you can’t get to the festival – at least take the time to attend “The Kiss” exhibition , from Thurs May 3rd to Wednesday May 16 at Garden City Shopping Centre – I can’t wait to see all the beautiful reflections of love from these portraits.

There is still time to book your free ticket* for Thursday!

Attendees can expect to:

  1. Learn from people with dementia and their families about the challenges they experience and their strategies to strengthen interpersonal relationships
  2. Hear how letter writing can be a powerful tool for acknowledging the human experience of living with dementia and for educating community members and service providers
  3. Understand cultural influences on the experience of living with dementia
  4. Experience how Wu Tao can enhance the wellbeing of themselves and someone living with dementia
  5. Explore how belonging matters to people living with dementia – and how a sense of belonging can be fostered to promote wellbeing
  6. Identify how LoveFest activities can be utilised to generate support for improved services and more dementia friendly communities.


9.30-10.00am: Registration

10.00-10.30: Welcome

  • ​Welcome to Country
  • Welcome from City of Melville
  • Welcome by June Lowe – Chair of GRAI
  • Welcome by Caroline Horlock, Department Manager Education and Consultancy, Alzheimer’s WA

10.30-11.00am: Why we must learn more about love

  • Dr Catherine Barrett, Museum of Love Curator: Catherine will outline the work being undertaken by the Museum of Love and the power of focusing on love as a tool for building dementia friendly communities.
  • Dr Ann Zubrick, Adjunct Professor Notre Dame University: Ann draws on her experiences as an academic and a volunteer visiting people with dementia to explore the concept of Small Acts of Love.

11.00am-12.30pm: Learning from people living with dementia including:

  • Tom Harmon: Tom will share his experience living with frontal lobe dementia
  • Wendy Glance: Wendy shares the ups and downs, challenges and blessings and ideas that she and her husband Keith have implemented to manage living as well as possible with younger onset dementia.
  • Dina and Krishan Shah: Dina and her son Krishan reflect on the experiences of Dina’s mum who was living in Kenya at the time of diagnosis. They will describe the cultural nuances that made Bena’s transition to Australia unique.
  • Cheryl Sorenson
  • Annie Lawrinson: Annie is a young artist will present her experiences of being a teenager when her dad was diagnosed with younger onset Dementia. Annie will share her art work and a film she featured in.

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch

1.30-2.30pm: Concurrent workshops

  • Emma Jack: Wu Tao Relaxation is a combination of beautiful movement, self massage and creative visualisations to bring balance, harmony and joy.
  • Dr Catherine Barrett, Lisa White and Iris Whitelock: Belonging will begin with reflections on Belonging Theory, then people with dementia will share what belonging means to them. The workshop will finish with participants moving as collective to highlight the power of belonging.

2.30-3.00pm: Afternoon tea

3.00-3.45pm: Learning from people with dementia

  • Emily and Chris Earnshaw: Emily and her mother Chris describe how they used art as a strategy to communicate with Chris’s mum Sylvia, who is a talented artist
  • Vicki Barry: Vicki will share the journey she and her husband have been on since his diagnosis of younger onset dementia and the possibilities for co-housing as an innovation for building support
  • The Costello Family: Sisters Diane Costello, Helga Arlidge and Deborah Costello describe how they used Facebook as a tool to provide the best possible care for their parents; and as a tool for supporting each other.

​3.45-4.00pm: Tools for change

  • How to take information from LoveFest to create change
  • Announcement regarding LoveFest Perth resource.

4.00pm: Close

* Registration is $120 for service providers or free for people living with dementia and family members – by ​emailing:

Book on Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!

Until next time, I’m sending you all much love and many special hugs,