Being kind doesn't cost anything more
IF YOU happen to wander past a cafe in Ballina in the near future and hear plenty of chatting and laughter, while staff wear funny hats and treat customers with extra care, don't panic.
It is probably the initiative of FSG (a social enterprise group) where they are working on establishing a 'dementia-friendly' coffee place.
"Dementia-friendly cafes have the ability to make people laugh and feel special,” FSG CEO Vicki Batten said.
At a morning tea last week at the FSG office, Ms Batten and Ballina mayor David Wright both shared stories of family members who had dementia.
They had not always been treated kindly by shopkeepers who didn't understand why they were too slow to pay or forgot the simple things.
"We would love to see every shop in Ballina being welcoming even when people aren't moving at the same speed as we are,” she said.
"It's important to be kind, as your next action could change someone's life.”