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Dementia Australia and Men's Sheds: Making a Difference

This short film is about a program in the Hunter region of NSW for men in the early stages of dementia and male carers of people with dementia.

The program, run by Dementia Australia NSW, in conjunction with the Australian Men's Shed Association, looks at reducing the social isolation often felt by men who are either caring for someone with dementia or have been given a diagnosis themselves.

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Dementia Australia's Your Brain Matters program is based on scientific evidence that a number of health and lifestyle factors that we can all do something about are associated with brain function and the risk of developing dementia.

The brain changes that cause dementia begin many years before any symptoms appear.

The evidence suggests that midlife is a critical time to think about looking after your brain, body and heart.

It is never too late to make changes that will improve your brain health. For more information visit yourbrainmatters.org.au.

 

Lewy Body disease - a typical case

Lewy body disease is a common neurodegenerative disease of ageing. This means that the disease causes gradual brain damage. For reasons not fully understood, it occurs when there is an abnormal build up of a protein called alphasynuclein in brain cells. These abnormalities occur in specific areas of the brain, causing changes in movement, thinking and behaviour. Lewy body disease affects over 100,000 Australians. It is one of the most prevalent causes of dementia, but unlike Alzheimer's disease, it is not well known.
 
Lewy body disease includes three overlapping disorders:

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinson's disease dementia

This overlap results in the disease being called a spectrum disease.

This DVD features Robin Groves, who was diagnosed with Lewy body disease in 2006 and his wife Lis, and discusses how Lewy body disease has affected their lives, and features, and discusses some of the challenges they have faced.

The DVD is divided into 3 chapters:

  1. Robin and Lis - Robin and Lis talk frankly about the condition, and about the changing behaviours Robin experiences.
  2. A typical case? - discusses signs and symptoms of the illness.
  3. Visiting the doctor - strategies to ensure the doctor or medical professional gets the information they need to provide appropriate ongoing care.

Lewy Body disease - visiting the doctor

Lewy body disease is a common neurodegenerative disease of ageing. This means that the disease causes gradual brain damage. For reasons not fully understood, it occurs when there is an abnormal build up of a protein called alphasynuclein in brain cells. These abnormalities occur in specific areas of the brain, causing changes in movement, thinking and behaviour. Lewy body disease affects over 100,000 Australians. It is one of the most prevalent causes of dementia, but unlike Alzheimer's disease, it is not well known.
 
Lewy body disease includes three overlapping disorders:

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinson's disease dementia

This overlap results in the disease being called a spectrum disease.

This DVD features Robin Groves, who was diagnosed with Lewy body disease in 2006 and his wife Lis, and discusses how Lewy body disease has affected their lives, and features, and discusses some of the challenges they have faced.

The DVD is divided into 3 chapters:

  1. Robin and Lis - Robin and Lis talk frankly about the condition, and about the changing behaviours Robin experiences.
  2. A typical case? - discusses signs and symptoms of the illness.
  3. Visiting the doctor - strategies to ensure the doctor or medical professional gets the information they need to provide appropriate ongoing care.

Lewy Body Disease - Robin and Lis

Lewy body disease is a common neurodegenerative disease of ageing. This means that the disease causes gradual brain damage. For reasons not fully understood, it occurs when there is an abnormal build up of a protein called alphasynuclein in brain cells. These abnormalities occur in specific areas of the brain, causing changes in movement, thinking and behaviour. Lewy body disease affects over 100,000 Australians. It is one of the most prevalent causes of dementia, but unlike Alzheimer's disease, it is not well known.
 
Lewy body disease includes three overlapping disorders:

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinson's disease dementia

This overlap results in the disease being called a spectrum disease.

This DVD features Robin Groves, who was diagnosed with Lewy body disease in 2006 and his wife Lis, and discusses how Lewy body disease has affected their lives, and features, and discusses some of the challenges they have faced.

The DVD is divided into 3 chapters:

  1. Robin and Lis - Robin and Lis talk frankly about the condition, and about the changing behaviours Robin experiences.
  2. A typical case? - discusses signs and symptoms of the illness.
  3. Visiting the doctor - strategies to ensure the doctor or medical professional gets the information they need to provide appropriate ongoing care.

Our stories - Spanish

These poignant digital stories depict both the love each carer has for their loved one living with dementia as well as the emotional cost. The aims of appearing on film, expressed by the carers featured in this series, is to help their communities to achieve a greater understanding of dementia, remove stigma and blame and to generate acceptance of dementia as a medical illness.

English subtitles

Our stories - Arabic

These poignant digital stories depict both the love each carer has for their loved one living with dementia as well as the emotional cost.

The aims of appearing on film, expressed by the carers featured in this series, is to help their communities to achieve a greater understanding of dementia, remove stigma and blame and to generate acceptance of dementia as a medical illness.

 English subtitles

It's not a disgrace...it's dementia - Spanish

It's not a disgrace...it's dementia, is a short film to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about dementia within the Spanish-speaking community.

The film features carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition and stress the importance of seeking help early.

This film has been produced by Dementia Australia NSW, with thanks to the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) and Family and Community Services. It was produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.