Nearly half a million Australians have dementia and almost 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care to make sure people living with dementia keep living an active and fulfilling life as long as possible after diagnosis.
Dementia is a general term used to describe a mental illness that significantly impacts an individual’s memory, communication abilities and reasoning skills.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a degenerative brain disease with symptoms that gradually worsen over time. Damage to brain cells associated with learning and communication can impact the thinking, behaviour and feelings of people with Alzheimer’s.
Dementia Awareness Week encourage all Australians to become more dementia aware, to get a better understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia and to create communities where people with dementia are supported and can enjoy a better quality of life.
You can learn more about Dementia Action Week on Dementia Australia website: