Dementia centre stage of health policy internationally
A policy brief launched today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has reported that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million).
Bird watching in my back yard
Dementia Australia Vic today announced the release of a special edition of a new eBook 'Bird Watching in My Back Yard' that promotes bird watching as an activity for people with dementia, their carers and families as a way to keep loved ones minds active and socially engaged. Commenting in the foreword of the special edition of Bird Watching in My Back Yard, David Galbally, President of Dementia Australia Vic said "Bird Watching in My Back Yardis quite an extraordinary achievement.
Talking now ensures end of life wishes respected
People need to plan now so they can have a say about their future end of life care, an expert in advanced care planning said in the lead up to an Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Advance Care Planning seminar. Associate Professor William Silvester, Director of the Respecting Patient Choices Program, a national health initiative on end of life health care, said that advance care planning enables people to make their medical treatment wishes known even when they have lost the ability to speak for themselves.