The greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged over 65 years) is dementia. According Alzheimer’s Australia, there are nearly 350,000 Australians living with dementia, with one person diagnosed every six minutes. There are over 25,000 Australians under 65 years who are living with younger-onset dementia.
A great clip illustrating the ‘Untold Impact of Dementia’ is well worth viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z15-0xZTng4&feature=youtu.be
‘Life does not stop with a diagnosis of dementia’ is the mantra of Alzheimer’s Australia. People need to feel valued and given opportunities to continue contributing to the community. Tips on how to create a dementia-friendly community can be found at: https://fightdementia.org.au/about-us/dementia-friendly-communities