Dementia Australia awards $300,000 in funding to help 24 communities become more dementia-friendly
More than 20 communities across Australia will benefit from Dementia Australia grants to support efforts to become more dementia-friendly. Each community will focus on different activities that suit the issues and opportunities in their local area and all communities will work closely with local people living with dementia.
Further Government Investment in Aged Care Welcomed
Dementia Australia has welcomed the announcement this week by the Australian Government of an additional $132.2 million investment in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19.
People living with dementia find joy with customised technology
Dementia Australia has found people living with dementia and their carers can benefit from technology when it is customised to meet their unique needs and goals. Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said the finding came from a Dementia Australia two-year study into how technology can be tailored to support people living with dementia.
Dementia peak body welcomes Victorian government spending to introduce ratios in aged care
Dementia Australia welcomes the Victorian Government’s budget announcement of $40 million to help cover the cost of introducing minimum staff-to-resident ratios in private aged care. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the focus on staff-to-resident ratios is welcome, and the solution to improve the care of older Australians must also include increased staff and skills mix through education and training for the workforce.
Ita Buttrose urges support as Memory Walk & Jog returns in 2021, with more events than ever
Dementia Australia National Ambassador Ita Buttrose AC OBE has called on the public to show their support for people living with dementia by signing up for one of the 16 events in the 2021 Memory Walk & Jog series. Ms Buttrose said Dementia Australia was excited to see the organisation’s largest fundraising initiative make a triumphant return, bigger and better than ever.
New discussion paper highlights the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, families and carers
The need to address the loneliness and isolation experienced by people impacted by dementia has been brought in to sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a discussion paper released by Dementia Australia today. Federal parliamentarians, government officials, key stakeholders and dementia advocates will today convene online with the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia to be presented with recommendations to specifically address the mental health impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia Australia welcomes NSW government spending to improve palliative care and aged care training
Dementia Australia welcomes the NSW Government’s budget announcement to increase support for palliative care services and invest in aged care training. The funding of $55.9 million for palliative care services over four years includes an additional 5,000 End of Life support packages and access to specialist allied health professionals to provide better quality care and support.
Dementia peak body welcomes extension of Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line
Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government of a $2.5 million investment to extend the Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line until 30 June 2021.
People living with dementia now better able to stay connected online, with new video conferencing guide
Resources to support people living with dementia to stay connected by video conferencing are now available through Dementia Australia. Developed by people living with dementia, for people living with dementia, the resources are designed to support the use of video conferencing to stay in touch.
Seven simple tips for living well with dementia
Dementia Australia has released seven tips to show how a little support can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia. With dementia affecting close to half a million Australians, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years, it is important to support people living with dementia to live well for as long as possible.
Focus on dementia in recommendations to Aged Care Royal Commission welcomed by Dementia Australia
Dementia Australia has welcomed the inclusion of dementia-specific recommendations by Counsel Assisting in the final submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Grief and trauma support for people impacted by dementia and COVID-19 welcomed
Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government to invest $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response Package which will help to ensure support is available for those affected by COVID-19 across the aged care sector.