Feeling forgetful or confused? Finding out what is wrong is the first step to getting help.
In this section, we offer help sheets on every topic, issue, and concern relating to dementia that you might need support on.
Driving is something most people take for granted. It gives us freedom, flexibility and independence. While we will all need to step out from behind the wheel one day, conditions such as dementia can mean that the decision to stop driving needs to be planned for.
The National Dementia Helpline is for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends, health professionals, service providers, community organisations, students and people seeking information.
Alzheimer's Australia provides a range of sensitive and flexible services to support people with any type of dementia, their families and carers throughout the illness.
Alzheimer's Australia has a wealth of information for health professionals.
Alzheimer's Australia provides courses for people with dementia and their carers, and nationally recognised courses for health and aged care personnel.
Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to contributing towards Australian dementia research.
Your help and support is vital to Alzheimer's Australia. Read more about donations.
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A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. For people with younger onset dementia, this also means being given the opportunity and support to stay at work or volunteer.
Dementia Awareness Month is held annually in September. Stay tuned for an update on Dementia Awareness Month 2015 which will be coming soon.
Beginning in 2003, Alzheimer's Australia has commissioned a number of reports from Access Economics to research and produce estimates of the current and future impact of dementia in various populations within Australia and the surrounding regions. These estimates highlight the critical importance of research and planning for dementia care as populations age in the coming decades.
Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by Alzheimer's Australia to provide updated dementia prevalence estimates and projections for Australia. Specifically this report estimates the number of people with dementia in Australia in 2011, and in the future from 2012 until 2050. These estimates have been broken down nationally and by state and territory, age and by Federal Electoral Divisions.
Download a copy of the full report Dementia Across Australia 2011-2050
Caring Places Volume 2
Caring Places Volume 2 released on 25 February was commissioned to project the future requirements for aged care places and packages at the jurisdictional level, Aged Care Planning Regions (ACPRs), and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs).
The top 6 electorates nationwide by projected aged care supply deficit by 2050:
Download a copy of the media release
Download a copy of the full report Caring Places Volume 2
Caring Places Volume 1
One consequence of an ageing Australian population is the need for an aged care system that can respond to the needs of the older person, their families and carers. However, the current aged care system needs fundamental reform if the supply of community and residential care are to keep pace with the projected demand for care, while at the same time providing increased choice.
Alzheimer's Australia commissioned Access Economics to model different scenarios for the supply of aged care, to identify strategies to increase consumer choice and to promote service flexibility, and to identify funding options for a sustainable aged care system into the future.
Caring Places has also been timed for the Productivity Commission's review into care for older Australians. Last year's dementia prevalence projections have also been updated to reflect changes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Currently it is estimated there are over 250,000 people with dementia, which will increase to almost 1 million by 2050.
Some key points that have come out of the report:
Full report - Caring Places: Planning for aged care and dementia 2010-2050
Caring Places - Media release
Full report - Keeping demntia front of mind: Incidence an prevalence 2009 -2050
Full report - Making choices:Future dementia care projections,problems and preferences
Full report - Dementia prevalence & incidence among Australians who do not speak English at home
Full report- Dementia in the Asia Pacific Region: The epidemic is here
The Executive Summary of the Asia Pacific report is also available as translations into a number of languages other than English:
Chinese Hindi Indonesian Korean Japanese Malay Tagalog Vietnamese
Full report -Dementia Estimates & Projections: Australian States & Territories
Full report - Delaying the onset of alzheimer's disease: projections & issues
Full report -The dementia epidemic: Economic impact & positive solutions for Australia