A new $965,000 dementia day care centre has opened in the central west of NSW.

The centre in Orange is one of 16 day care centres being built as part of a joint Commonwealth and NSW Government Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

The Commonwealth Government contributed $458,000 to the project and the state government provided $308,000.

The Uniting Church Property Trust contributed land and services worth $190,000.

“Dementia day care centres are one way we are responding to the challenges of an ageing population by providing outings, day trips, support, nursing and health services to people with dementia and their carers,” said the NSW Minister for Ageing, Paul Lynch.

Federal Ageing Minister, Justine Elliot, said the centre in Orange would assist older residents who need assistance to continue living in their own homes.

“The centre is a good example of governments and the local community working together to make more support services available for the elderly and their carers,” she said.

“This centre, along with the others opening throughout NSW, [is] part of the Rudd Government’s approach to providing more services to assist people with dementia today, investing in staff training to improve care and investing in research.”

More than 73,000 people in NSW live with dementia and this number is expected to increase to 227,000 by 2050.

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