September is Dementia Awareness Month

About Dementia Awareness Month

Running from 1 September to 30 September every year, the theme for Dementia Awareness Month 2016 is 'You are not alone'. This theme seeks to highlight that there are supports and services available for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia is a condition that carries a lot of stigma and misunderstanding. The greater the awareness of dementia and the breaking down of these stigmas, enables people living with dementia to feel less isolated and alone. A number of key messages have been developed to assist in delivering this year’s theme.

For the general Australian population ‘You are not alone’

  • You are not alone in knowing very little about dementia
  • 6 in 10 Australians admit they know very little about dementia
  • 25% of Australians find people with dementia frightening, by finding out more about dementia you can help to break down the stigma and misunderstanding associated with the condition.

For people living with dementia ‘You are not alone’

  • There are 353,800 people living with dementia in Australia
  • There is information, advice and support available that can help
  • Call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500
  • Alzheimer’s Australia is here to provide support for you, your family and carers if you have any form of dementia

For carers of people with dementia ‘You are not alone’

  • There are approximately 1.2 million Australians involved in the care of a person with dementia
  • There is information, advice and support available for carers that can help
  • Call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Key events running across the CESPHN region throughout September

pdf Click here (447 KB) to view a calendar of events in our region.

Monday 19 Spetember Keynote Lecture

  • International Action on Dementia featuring international dementia expert, Dr Ron Petersen (Mayo Clinic, USA).
  • Venue: Theatrette – NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney
  • Time: 10 am - 11.30 am
  • To register click here

Thursdays and Fridays throughout September

  • Art Gallery of NSW: Access Programs for people living with Dementia
  • A structured program is available for people living with dementia and their carers. The art and dementia program provides opportunities for meaningful and interactive engagement with artworks from the Gallery’s collection.
  • Click here for more information.

Launch of Living Well with Dementia Discussion Paper

To coincide with dementia awareness month, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW has released a discussion paper that provides an overview of the factors contributing to high quality of life and wellbeing for people living with dementia and their carers. The paper provides a number of recommendations that can be implemented across all aspects of dementia care from people living with dementia, their carers, Aged Care Providers and Government.

To download a copy of the discussion paper click here.

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