Dementia the leading cause of death of women, second of all Australians
Australians are more likely to die of dementia than almost any other disease – with the exception of heart disease. The release of new data confirms dementia remains the leading cause of death of women and the second leading cause of death of all Australians. According to the Causes of Death 2018 data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today, cause of death by heart disease has decreased by 22.4 per cent since 2009 while dementia rates have increased by 68.6 per cent in the same period.
New report reveals two thirds of people think dementia is a normal part of ageing, rather than a medical condition
A new global survey of almost 70,000 respondents across 155 countries – including Australia – has revealed a startling lack of knowledge around dementia, with two thirds of people thinking the disease is a normal part of ageing. The survey, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, of which Dementia Australia is a member, also found that a staggering 95 per cent of respondents think they will develop dementia in their lifetime.
Dementia Australia awarded funding to continue delivering vital services
The federal government has today announced Dementia Australia has been awarded more than $30 million in grants over a three-year period under the National Dementia Support Program to continue delivering services for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Discrimination impacts on people living with dementia – national survey seeks to determine how
Australians are being called upon to consider how discrimination impacts the estimated 447,000 people living with dementia, along with their families and carers, during Dementia Action Week 2019, which runs from 16-22 September.
Ambassador Mark Gibson joins commitment to raise awareness about dementia
Long-standing Channel 7 reporter and presenter, Mark Gibson has committed to raising awareness about dementia through his newest role as Dementia Australia Ambassador. Mr Gibson has been inspired by his family’s experience of caring for his grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Don’t let people with younger onset dementia fall through the cracks in aged care
Dementia Australia welcomes the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s focus on younger people in residential care at the hearings in Melbourne this week. More than 27,000 people are living with younger onset dementia , defined as any form of dementia diagnosed under the age of 65. This includes people in their 50s, 40s and even their 30s.
Dementia peak body welcomes funding to support carers
Thursday 22 August 2019 Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government to better support Australia’s 2.7 million carers. Ten not-for-profit organisations will receive $493 million over five years to establish a new network of 16 Carer Gateway service providers.
Dementia peak body releases new papers on hospital care and medication
To coincide with the release of two research papers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Dementia Australia has produced two companion reports which analyse the key issues arising from the AIHW research and make a number of policy recommendations. The reports draw on AIHW data that demonstrates almost 95,000 people living with dementia were hospitalised during 2016-17, and that there continues to be evidence of inappropriate prescription of medications for people living with dementia.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you? Australians challenged to think differently about dementia for Dementia Action Week 2019
To mark Dementia Action Week 2019, which runs from 16-22 September, Dementia Australia will be calling on all Australians to change how we respond and behave around people living with dementia. This year’s theme, Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?, aims to start a conversation with all Australians to consider how discrimination impacts people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia peak body speaks out against restraints at Parliamentary inquiry
The overuse of physical and chemical restraint and the lack of dementia specific training within the aged care workforce continue to be significant issues within the residential aged care sector, according to Dementia Australia. Speaking at the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Dementia Australia called for greater scrutiny of the overuse of antipsychotics as a form of chemical restraint and the confusion surrounding the roles and responsibilities of providers, prescribers, consumers, families, carers and highlighted the ongoing confusion around restraint. Workforce training and education in understanding dementia and avoiding restrictive practices is vital given more than half of people living in residential aged care are diagnosed with dementia.
Android now an option to have ‘A Better Visit’ with people living with dementia
Dementia Australia’s engaging A Better Visit app is now available for Android tablet devices, allowing more people to experience the free app that enables families and loved ones to better connect and communicate when visiting a family member with dementia. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she is delighted more people will now have access to the app which features a range of two player games designed to facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.