Dementia Action Week - Understand More

Dementia doesn’t discriminate.

Anyone can develop dementia. Dementia doesn’t discriminate, but we can change how we respond to and behave around people living with dementia. To understand more, we’ve put together a list of our favourite resources.

Understand more. Know the facts.

Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Dementia has become the leading cause of death among Australian women, and remains the second leading cause of death across all Australians. Find more facts and statistics on our web pages.

In a 2016 study conducted by Dementia Australia, people with dementia were shown to commonly experience social isolation, which can put them at risk of becoming lonely. Chronic loneliness can lead to poor mental and physical health.

People with dementia are:

  • More than two times more likely not to see friends compared to their carers and the general public
  • More than three times as likely not to have a friend to confide in compared to their carers and the general public
  • Almost three times as likely not to have a friend to call on for help compared to the general public

This research sparked calls for greater awareness and understanding of dementia by the general public, so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone. Some of this isolation can be as a result of discrimination - not out of deliberate neglect, but possibly out of not knowing how to include them.

By understanding more, you can develop strategies to help people living with dementia engage and maintain relationships, and begin to reduce the discrimination they experience.

Understand more. Learn more.

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body disease. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65.  

What should people know about what it is like to live with dementia? Watch this video.

For more information about dementia, look at our What is dementia? help sheet, or go to our website.

Understand more. Communicate better.

Understand more about common changes in communication, how to aid communication, and what not to do.

  • Read our Let's talk brochure, sharing our tips for talking to someone living with dementia
  • Find out more about Managing changes in communication
  • Our Tips for friends help sheet provides advice on how you can support a friend living with dementia and their family
  • If you are caring for someone living with dementia, then you might find this Communication help sheet useful
  • If you're a person living with dementia who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI), their care partner, family member, or fried, read our LGBTI and dementia booklet.

To understand more about common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia, we have a wide range of help sheets you can refer to.

What is really important, is to stay connected to a person living with dementia, and to learn different and meaningful ways to be with them. Our Family and friends matter resource can be a great reference to assist you along the way.

If you would like further information, contact our Library for a wide range of books and videos.

Understand more. Take action.