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Dementia Awareness Month

The theme for this year’s Dementia Awareness Month touches on the important topic of loneliness: “You are not Alone” aims to raise awareness of the supports and services available to people living with dementia and their carers.
According to Alzheimer’s Australia, there are currently 353,800 people living with dementia in Australia, with this number expected to reach over 900,000 by 2020. Other key statistics include:

  • Approximately 1.2 million Australians are involved in the care of a person with dementia.
  • 6 in 10 Australians admit they know very little about dementia.
  • 25% of Australians find people with dementia frightening.
  • The Dementia and Loneliness Report from Alzheimer’s Australia found that people with dementia are almost twice as likely to have high rates of loneliness compared to the general public.

To help break down the stigma associated with the condition, Australians are encouraged to find out more about dementia during Dementia Awareness Month. There are plenty of events running in NSW, including three in Sydney:

‘Stories of me: A dementia forum connecting experience and theory’
Date: Thursday 15 September, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Waterview, Bicentennial Dr, Sydney Olympic Park
Registration Details: Click here.

‘International action on dementia’
Date: Monday 19 September, 10.00am -11.30am
Venue: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney
Registration Details: Click here.

‘End of life planning and care in dementia’
Date: Wednesday 28 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm for General Public and Carers, or 9.30am – 3.45pm for Health care workers
Venue: Western Sydney University Building, Blacktown Hospital, 18 Blacktown Rd, Blacktown
Registration Details: Click here.

SNPHN is commissioning two local dementia support services. The first is a KinCare program called Remember Me, a dementia-specific hospital discharge pilot project. The primary goal of the project is to facilitate the smooth transition of a person living with dementia from hospital to home.

Similar to Remember Me, Just Better Care’s Stay at Home is also a hospital discharge pilot project for people with dementia or suspected dementia who are at risk of re-admission to hospital. The project will provide participants with assistance through case management to link into services, supporting them to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW also conducts research on a range of dementia-related issues, the most recent being a discussion paper called Living Well with Dementia. The research seeks to reframe the conversation around dementia to be more positive and empowering.

Want to find out more? SNPHN has compiled some key resources for people with dementia, their carers, and health professionals. You can also call the National Dementia Helpline, an information and support service, on 1800 100 500.

KinCare resources

Just Better Care resources

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