An update from Dementia Australia
In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia will be modifying the way we approach our service delivery and activity for the time being The wellbeing of our community, including people living with dementia, their families and carers, clients, volunteers, supporters and staff, is our priority. We have been following the situation closely and implementing the advice from Government and Health authorities and in some instances ensuring additional safeguards with the postponement of events as discussed below.
Capacity and needs of people living with dementia a priority for aged and health care COVID-19 coronavirus responses
The needs and capacity of people living with dementia must be a priority in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals, GP clinics, community health centres, community care and aged care homes are all currently responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak with various methods of urgent communication to their patients and clients.
Driving legends join forces to lead the race against dementia
Racing legends Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Allan Moffat OBE have committed to raising awareness and funds for dementia through their newest roles as Dementia Australia Ambassadors. Sir Jackie, a British former Formula 1 racing champion, founded ‘Race Against Dementia’, a global charity, to fund pioneering research into the prevention and cure of dementia.
People living with dementia urged to plan early to maintain choice and control
People in the earlier stages of dementia are being urged by experts to make a plan for their future medical treatment so they can continue to have a choice in the care that they receive.
Leading sector change to embed quality dementia care as core business
Leading local and international experts on dementia care will convene in Sydney on 24 March for the Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 - Dementia care is quality care. The National Symposium will be the culmination of the Dementia Australia Quality Care Initiative, a project that has focused on raising the quality of dementia care.
Presenting the solutions to transform dementia care for Australians
Federal parliamentarians, government officials and dementia advocates will tomorrow convene with the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia to be presented with some practical solutions for transforming dementia care in Australia. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said while the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will release its much-anticipated recommendations in November this year, urgent action is needed now.
Number of Australians living with dementia to rise, Dementia Australia releases national Dementia Guide
Dementia Australia is proud to launch The Dementia Guide, a comprehensive resource to support people living with dementia, their families and carers. Updated figures show that in 2020 the number of Australians estimated to be living with dementia has increased to 459,000. Without a medical breakthrough the number of Australians with dementia is expected to be more than one million by 2058.
Dementia prioritised by Opposition in vision for older Australians
Dementia Australia acknowledges Leader of the Opposition, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, for prioritising the urgent need to improve dementia care in his speech yesterday. Mr Albanese’s address in Brisbane outlined the Labor Party’s vision for older Australians, highlighting the importance of dementia-friendly spaces in our communities and the impact dementia is having on almost half a million Australians.
Relationship between alcohol use and dementia one area of $1.5 million dementia research grants
Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research. Dr Louise Mewton from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) was awarded a $75,000 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Pilot Grant, sponsored by the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration, and will use the funding to clarify the relationship between low to moderate alcohol use and the risk of dementia.
Bondi lifesaver ‘Reidy’ makes an Australia Day splash for dementia
Best known for saving lives on Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, lifeguard Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid will be making a splash in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in honour of his mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Mr Reid will host the Sydney Harbour Splash event on Sunday that will inspire thousands of swimmers, taking on a variety of distance challenges, to raise money and make a difference to the lives of people impacted by dementia.
Dementia peak body acknowledges outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health
Dementia Australia thanks outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health Glenys Beauchamp for her service to the sector over her 21 year career in the Australian Public Service. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Ms Beauchamp had been a committed leader of the Department of Health.