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.
Hazel Hawke's legacy has been to raise the profile of dementia and the importance of investment in research to improve the quality of dementia care.
Donate now to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund.
At Hazel’s request, Alzheimer’s Australia established the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Australia Research and Care Fund in 2003 to support dementia care research across Australia. With Hazel’s passing in 2013, Australians have responded generously with donations to build a legacy in memory of Hazel and to fulfil her wishes for continued investment in research and care for dementia.
2005Professor Cherry Russell
Dying with Dementia: An exploratory study of family caregiver perspectives on best quality care and support practices at the end of life.
2006Dr Astrid Rogoz
Cognitive impairment in the elderly homeless.
2006Dr Jennifer Torr
Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome
2006Associate Professor Kate Webster
Falls risk assessment in people with Alzheimer's disease.
2007Associate Professor Mathew Hopcraft
Evaluation of oral healthcare training for cares of nursing home residents with dementia.
2007Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone
The use and misuse of Alzheimer's disease in the euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide debate.
2008Professor Elizabeth Beattie
Nutritional Challenges for family caregivers and persons with dementia.
2009Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman
Evaluation of a dementia education resource for indigenous communities.
2009Associate Professor Karen Sullivan
Good idea! The dementia carers' healthy thinking project.
2010Dr Karen Croot
The right word at the right time: keeping communication going in progressive aphasia.
2010Dr Maria Kangas
Treatment of anxiety and depression in distressed carers for persons with dementia-related disorders.
2011Dr Amee Baird
Music as a memory aid in Alzheimer's disease.
2011Dr Jean Tinney
Interpreter mediated cognitive assessments - stakeholder experiences informing guidelines and training DVD.
2012Dr Erin Conway
Can Speech Pathology improve the ability of people with dementia to remember the words they want for conversations.
"I hope that, by speaking out about this very private issue, I can help to promote openness, awareness and support for all people living with dementia. No illness should carry a negative label. None of us is immune."
"Although I would obviously prefer not to have Alzheimer's, I continue to live a happy and healthy life, with the love and support of family and friends. I hope that, as a community, we can work towards this as a reality for all those similarly affected."
"Practically speaking, I hope to help raise much-needed funds by establishing the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund. I have done this together with Alzheimer’s Australia. We will use the money you donate to assist on-going research into the prevention and management of Alzheimer’ disease, and to help provide crucial services to people and their carers living with dementia. I urge you all to contribute generously to this Fund." - Hazel Hawke (November 2003)
Glenn Rees, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, said that every one involved in advocating for people with dementia would have the memory of Australian Story in 2003 – The Big ‘A’ - and Hazel Hawke indelibly printed in their memories forever.
She had made a great and personal commitment to dementia research and particularly to improving the quality of dementia care through the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund.
Donations to this fund will help Alzheimer's Australia to improve the quality of dementia care and develop new opportunities for emerging researchers to develop their careers in the dementia research field.
Ita Buttrose, President of Alzheimer's Australia, said that Hazel's courage to speak openly about her dementia journey has left a lasting legacy in raising the profile of Alzheimer’s disease and reducing the strong sense of isolation that thousands of Australians with dementia experience.
Simply send a cheque or money order to:
Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund
PO Box 4194
Kingston ACT 2604
02 6278 8900