New hotline for older Australians during COVID-19 pandemic launched
A new COVID-19 hotline will help older Australians get the critical information they need to stay healthy and safe during the pandemic, providing an accessible one-stop source for personal support, questions and up-to-date guidelines. Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, National Seniors Australia, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and Dementia Australia have banded together, supported by the Commonwealth Government, to create the National COVID Older Persons Information Line. Older people and carers are encouraged to call 1800 171 866 to speak to friendly, specially trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.
Reaffirmation of aged care visit guidelines must bring an end to insensitive restrictions
Today’s National Cabinet’s reaffirmation that residential aged care providers should not restrict family visit access to residential aged care beyond the existing advice of National Cabinet has been strongly welcomed by the peak consumer organisations representing older Australians. The announcement must pave the way for rolling back the excessive, inflexible and inhumane lockdown measures that a minority of aged care facilities have implemented which have been harmful to the health and wellbeing of aged care residents and their families.
Community Visitors volunteers must receive dementia-specific training
Dementia Australia calls on the federal government to provide dementia-specific education to staff and volunteers as part of the announcement of $10 million to the Community Visitors Scheme. The funding, part of a $1.1 billion package to assist the devastating impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), will help to ensure that older Australians in aged care are not socially isolated despite visiting restrictions.
Contact us - Dementia Australia calls for people impacted by dementia to reach out for support
At this unprecedented time, Dementia Australia is encouraging all people impacted by dementia to reach out for support and information when they need it. Dementia Australia Acting CEO Anthony Boffa said as the health, social and economic consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19) play out, it is important to stay connected.
Dementia Help Sheets to navigate coronavirus COVID-19
In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said people living with dementia are one of the most vulnerable groups in society at this time.
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.