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.
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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.
After a family member or a loved one has moved into residential care, this time of separation can be emotional with a variety of mixed feelings. These might include feelings of relief, guilt or grief. Certainly your daily activities will suddenly change.
Many people believe that full time residential care will remove them from the caring role. However you don’t stop caring just because you no longer do the physical tasks of caring. Allowing others to take responsibility for the practical caring tasks does not lessen the importance of your role as a carer. In fact, you are the 'expert' when it comes to caring for the person with dementia.
Your role with professional care workers is to inform, advise, recommend, make decisions and encourage the best possible quality of care for the new resident. You can also continue to contribute to the physical care if you wish.
There is no rule to say how much you should be involved. It is your choice. Remember that you must also respond to your own needs as well as feel comfortable about your level of involvement in the care of the person with dementia.
Support groups can continue to be helpful after the move to residential care. Many facilities also run relatives’ groups because they acknowledge the difficulties experienced by many relatives once the move has occurred.
Alzheimer’s Australia also run local groups that provide support to carers of people with dementia in residential care, as well as providing counselling and a range of information. You can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
The care a person with dementia receives is best if it is seen as a partnership between you and the residential facility.
Your involvement should be welcomed and encouraged. You may feel completely exhausted in the early days after the move and want to take time out from the caring role. The door however should always be left open for you to get involved in whatever way you wish. This may be anything from sharing a meal together, assisting with showering to receiving regular information about the facility.
If the facility does not actively promote the involvement of families and friends you can speak to the manager about how you wish to be involved and ways that they can help you to do this.
Should you feel that the facility is not receptive to your involvement then you may need to get information and support from:
For example:"My husband doesn’t like to eat at midday.""We need to arrange a later meal time.""I want to be told of any changes in his behaviour, no matter how small."
For example:"My father doesn’t like to talk much.""Mum likes a shower early in the morning."
For example:"My wife has always prided herself on her appearance and it is important that she is well groomed when visitors arrive."
Alzheimer's Australia is the national peak body for people living with dementia, their families and carers and provides leadership in policy and services. To find out more, contact us or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.