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.
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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.
Although it was hard work trying to get dementia and aged care on the political agenda during the 2013 Federal Election we have achieved a positive outcome through the Coalition’s Healthy Life, Better Ageing policy, which sets out at a high level how the coalition will take forward the aged care reforms.
The Coalition made the commitment during its election campaign to invest $200 million over five years in dementia research. This commitment will give Australians hope that future generations might escape this chronic disease through a better understanding of dementia and how to modify its progression. Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to working with the Minister, and Assistant Minister, for Social Services on strategies to maximise the use of these precious resources.
There is also an important recognition in the Coalition’s policy on the provision of high quality of aged care. This will be a significant challenge for the new Ministers and Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to working with them to ensure effective strategies are in place to improve the quality of care. Those strategies should include:
Alzheimer’s Australia also welcomes the recognition in the Coalition’s policy of the need for a more simplified information system to assist older Australians and their families to access the information they need.
The top priorities in our advocacy remain further progressing the aged care reforms, improving access to services and support, dementia research funding, and a new National Action Framework on dementia supported by Commonwealth State and Territory Ministers.
Over the coming months, we will be working with our consumers to get their input to our top priorities.
Thank you to all our Dementia Champions and consumers who supported our campaign—your support is critical to achieving the changes in our health and aged care system that will improve quality of life for people with dementia.
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