21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day which launches us into Dementia action week from now until 27 September. Dementia Australia defines dementia as a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Almost half a million Australians have dementia, and close to 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care. Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death among Australian females. Alarmingly, it is anticipated that the number of people living with dementia will double in the next 25 years.
A diagnosis of dementia will change the life of the person with the disease and those around them. So what can we do? The first stop is to learn more about the disease, the way it affects people and how those living with dementia can continue to lead normal, active lives for many years after diagnosis. Second is to get support, both people living with dementia and their carers have extensive support systems they can turn to whenever they may need.
For more information, visit: https://www.dementia.org.au/
Don’t face dementia alone.
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