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Know the signs and bring awareness

Did you know?

  • Dementia affects almost 50 million people worldwide, with this number predicted to rise to 131.5 million by 2050.
  • Worldwide, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 3 seconds.
  • Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in order Australians.
  • There are almost 1.6 million people in Australia caring for someone living with dementia, and these carers can experience high strain.
  • Early diagnosis improves the quality of life of people with dementia and their families

Dementia Action week is from the 21st to the 27th of September. It is a special week dedicated to raising national awareness and understanding of those living with dementia, and how to support them and their families. Dementia is often hidden away and not overly spoken about, and we can all act together to change this.

What is dementia?
Dementia is the general term used to describe a mental illness that significantly affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, sufferers are often unable to care for themselves. It can be extremely overwhelming for both sufferers and their carers and families.

There is currently no cure for dementia, however early diagnosis can significantly improve the quality of life of not only those living with a disease, but also those caring for them.

What are the early symptoms of dementia?

  • Subtle short-term memory changes
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Changes in mood
  • Apathy
  • Difficulty completing normal tasks
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty following story-lines
  • A failing sense of direction
  • Being repetitive
  • Struggling to adapt to change

Although not all of these symptoms relate to dementia, it’s important to be aware and not ignore the symptoms if they are persistent in yourself or a loved one. If you are concerned, speak with your doctor.

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