Dementia still not receiving the dedicated attention it deserves
An estimated 460,000 Australians are living with dementia. While Dementia Australia welcomes the $11.3 million for expert psychosocial supports, the lack of focus on dementia within a $115.5 billion budget in 2020–21 for health, aged care and sport, reveals that dementia is still not receiving the attention it deserves.
Virtual classrooms improve dementia education accessibility for aged care workers during COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia Australia has developed virtual classroom education for aged care workers, to equip staff with strategies and skills to provide quality care for people living with dementia. The courses, accessible from anywhere in Australia, are suitable for everyone involved in providing support for people living with dementia in residential aged care and community care.
Royal Commission COVID-19 report welcomed yet more needed for people living with dementia
Dementia Australia has welcomed a special report on the COVID-19 pandemic in aged care from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia has been and continues to be significant – this is deeply concerning.
Take time to support people living with dementia
Patience and taking time are simple measures that people can take to support those living with dementia to continue to live full and active lives. During Dementia Action Week (21-27 September) Dementia Australia is sharing tips to help people understand how they can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia.
Tips to better support people living with dementia released every day as part of Dementia Action Week
This week, for Dementia Action Week – from 21 September-27 September - Dementia Australia is sharing daily tips showing simple, yet effective, ways to support people living with dementia. Today, on day one, Dementia Australia is focusing on how to make home life easier for people living with dementia with a few smart changes.
Discrimination a real issue for people living with dementia, survey finds
Three out of four people who live with dementia say people don’t keep in touch like they used to, while 65 per cent say people they know have been avoiding or excluding them, results from a Dementia Australia survey have found .
People living with dementia, families and carers must be at centre of federal budget’s COVID recovery plan
Dementia Australia is calling on the federal government to ensure people living with dementia are sufficiently supported in next month’s Federal Budget 2020-2021 announcement in light of the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said this year’s unprecedented social distancing measures and restrictions due to COVID-19 have had significant and unintended consequences on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Financial sector encouraged to invest in Better Banking for people with dementia
Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning has today launched ‘Better Banking for people with dementia’ - a new online education program for banks and the financial sector to learn about the impact of dementia and how to provide improved services for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Leadership and culture change to be a focus in final of Dementia Australia Symposium Series
The ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium Series 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’ will finish on Tuesday 8 September with presentations from Ita Buttrose AC OBE and Dr James Adonis. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the series has attracted nearly 3,000 unique attendees from Australia and 20 other countries around the world.
Reconsidering person-centred dementia care
Next week’s session of the Dementia Australia National Symposium Series 2020 – Dementia care is quality care will highlight how person-centred care can become an everyday experience for people living with dementia. Prof Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies UK, will be presenting on the topic at the fifth in our Symposium Series.
Delivering relationship-centred quality in aged care
This week’s session of the Dementia Australia National Symposium Series 2020 – Dementia care is quality care will highlight the importance of relationship-centred quality and how aged care homes can determine if they are delivering it. Dr Lisa Trigg, Assistant Director of Research, Data and Intelligence at Social Care Wales (UK), will be presenting on the topic at the fourth instalment of the Symposium Series.