This week 19 – 25 September 2022 is Dementia Action Week. According to Dementia Australia, Dementia impacts close to half a million Australians and almost 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care. That means that nearly 9.5% of Australia’s population are currently impacted by Dementia in some way.
And this number is increasing as the number of people living with dementia is predicted to double in the next 25 years. With the rather alarming number of predicted cases, Dementia Australia wanted to clear up some of the existing misconceptions about dementia and therefore developed the concept of Dementia Action Week.
People living with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives many years after diagnosis. Despite this, they often experience discrimination.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a chronic, worsening change in a person’s overall mental ability. Dementia is not a single disease but a series of symptoms that affect memory, thinking, behaviour, and a person’s ability to complete everyday activities. Of the more than 100 different types or causes of Dementia, Alzheimer’s is the most common. Symptoms of dementia, or cognitive change can also be the results of other conditions such as stroke, infections, alcohol overuse, nutritional deficiencies, and brain tumours.
Dementia and Ageing
As adults age they may have trouble with memory. However, memory loss alone, does not indicate that a person is living with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impacted to be considered dementia:
The Five Most Common Causes of Dementia:
How Do You Diagnose Dementia?
It is difficult to diagnose dementia, as there is no definitive test, but your family physician should be able to do some tests and with input from the family can help determine the severity of change in a person’s mental abilities.
Ten Signs and Symptoms of Dementia are:
Right at Home’s unique approach to Dementia Care and cognitive support is built on the belief that every person living with dementia or cognitive change has abilities to interact with their surroundings and to connect in new ways with their loved ones. To find out more download our Dementia Guide from the resources section of our website.
The Dementia Action Week ‘A little support makes a big difference’ campaign demonstrates that many people living with dementia can continue to live well for many years after their diagnosis.
The campaign provides information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted – and to help eliminate discrimination. These include simple and practical tips to:
To find out how you can make a difference visit the campaign site by clicking the link https://www.dementia.org.au/dementia-action-week
If you or someone you love, needs support to maintain their independence and continue living at home think about organising in-home care. To learn more about Right at Home, home care services, contact us today.
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