Melinda Bower & Family

My parents Ken and Barbie- The Dean Team

Everyone has heard of Ken and Barbie, well my parents are Ken and Barbie (Dean) and they have been married for 50+ years.

My mum was diagnosed with Dementia several years ago, but went into denial, didn't want to acknowledge it or attempt any treatment, slowly the Dementia progressed. My dad was mum's amazing fulltime carer.

In April 2019 she refused to eat and shower, so it was time to ask for help. I took her to hospital (where everyone acknowledged what an awesome job my dad had been doing being her sole carer), they cared for her for a few week until she went into a fulltime care facility in May 2019.

Unfortunately the deterioration since December 2018 has been rapid and totally heart-breaking for all involved. 

Please help me raise much needed funds to stop Dementia.


I'm taking part in the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog for my Mum Barbara and raising funds for people with dementia!

On Sunday 23 February, I’ll be taking part in the Canberra Memory Walk & Jog to raise funds to support people with dementia.

But I need your help! Please make a donation to support my efforts and help me reach my goal to beat dementia.

All funds raised will support the work of Dementia Australia to provide vital support services for people living with dementia, their families and carers. These services include counselling, support groups, education and training.

Thank you for your support.

My Achievements

Received First Donation

Shared Page on Social

Reached Fundraising Target

Raised $100 - Bronze Dementia Warrior

Raised $500 - Silver Dementia Warrior

Raised $1000 - Gold Dementia Warrior

Raised $2500 - Platinum Dementia Warrior

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Thank you to my Sponsors


Wallace Family

Go hard Mellie! All our love to Barb x


Anna Cataldo

Well Done Mel & the Dean Team Great cause affecting so many families



So proud of all your efforts. Never give up hope of a cure.


Leah Owen


Ken Mcdonnell

We're all proud of your efforts


Louise Sinclair

Good luck with your memory walk and jog, big hugs. Love Lou


Nichola Muir


Alison Kingsbury

Great job Mel, enjoy the walk.


Phill Bower


Ellie Sarili


Lazdovskis A.k.a Barton

Love to you all. Hope your Mum is feeling a little better today. Xxx




Noreen Buckley

Good Luck Dean team


Melinda Bower


Alycia Honey

This horrible disease touches too many 💔 Go Melinda! You’re a wonderful daughter. x


Cathy Hurman


Cassie Clarkson

Sending my best wishes Mouse 💖


Wendy Swincer

Well done so far. All the best with the memory walk 🤗


Therese Godfrey


Michelle S

Big love to you all. Hoping for more good days than bad for your whole family xx


Kay Phongsavath


Tracey Backhouse

Go team bower ! X


Brunella Molinaro

Dementia is a horrible disease and it is very noble of you and your family to raise funds for research for dementia.


Bec Millar

Well done Mel on raising money for a very important cause! X


Noel Miller

Hope you all have a great but tiring day, wish I could be there too.


Jo Wallace

Walk strong xx


Emma Awizen


Debbie Clarke


Nicola Champion

Such a devastating disease Mel - proud to support you in this worthy cause.


Dragana Petreski

We’ll done Mel, great effort with the fundraiser


Kylie Kynaston

So sorry to hear that your Mum has deteriorated... you guys are amazing. Would love to catch up for coffee again one day Mouse 😊


Jacqui Clisssold


Natalie Goymer-peak

Go dean team. Most of us have had direct experience with this awful illness.. so any donation is money well donated!




Claire Foote

Such a heartbreaking story, thank you for fundraising to stop dementia.


Melinda Bower