What you need to know about dementia
September is National Dementia Awareness Month. Dementia Australia, formally known as Alzheimer’s Australia, is touring the country with a series of events highlighting the facts about dementia and what living with dementia means. Community awareness is one of the main cornerstones of this amazing and extensive organisation.
So how much do you know about dementia?
Did you know;
• Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia
• It is estimated that more than 420,000 Australians are living with dementia and this number is expected to almost triple in the next 30 years
• Someone develops dementia every 3 seconds somewhere in the world
• There are more than 100 different diseases that can lead to dementia with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common
• Dr Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist, first diagnosed dementia in 1907
• There are many conditions that may present with similar symptoms to dementia which is why formal testing and diagnosis should be sought
• Approximately 1.2 million Australians are providing informal, unpaid care to a person with dementia
• Whilst dementia is most prevalent in people over 65, Younger Onset Dementia can affect people in their 50s, 40s, and even 30s
• There is no cure for dementia
• Dementia is not a “normal” part of aging
• Dementia Friendly Communities is an initiative of Dementia Australia to educate local governments, local businesses, town planners and the broader community about dementia and how to make communities safe, welcoming and inclusive for a person living with dementia
• The Virtual Dementia Experience and EDIE (Educational Dementia Immersive Experience) are two ways Dementia Australia uses technology to help carers and support workers understand the experience of dementia
Visit www.dementia.org.au for more information and a list of events celebrating National Dementia Awareness Month.
EmployEase students studying Certificate III Individual Support undertake the Provide Support for People Living with Dementia unit of competency as part of their qualification.
Working with dementia patients is tough, so workers need the skills and techniques required to take extra care. Qualifications which include these skills are;