In some cultures there is no word for dementia, while in others it is believed that dementia can be the work of some kind of curse, a type of payback or karma.
To help dispel these myths and share the message that dementia is a progressive neurological condition, Dementia Australia has developed a number of resources about dementia in various languages.
These resources will be shared widely during September as part of this year’s Dementia Awareness Month. The theme is ‘You are not alone’ and Dementia Australia is working hard to break down the stigma and misconceptions associated with the dementia, by urging people to find out more about the condition, so that people living with dementia feel less isolated and alone.
To ensure community members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are included in our dementia awareness month activities, Dementia Australia will be running a national communications campaign which is culturally targeted, diverse and appropriate.
The campaign to raise awareness about dementia, includes radio, print, and digital material that has been appropriately translated into five languages including, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian and Vietnamese. These dementia awareness messages will be widely circulated through the publications considered to be the leading titles in their language in each of the states and territories, which have the highest circulation rates amongst the various language communities.
Dementia Australia will also be promoting our community language videos which can be found on the national website.
There are fifteen videos in various languages, including the It’s not a disgrace…it’s dementia series which is a series of ten short films to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about dementia in nine different languages, including Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Cambodian, Assyrian, Portuguese and Croatian.
The films feature carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition and stress the importance of seeking help early.
These films have been produced by Dementia Australia NSW, with thanks to the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) and Family and Community Services. They were produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.
During Dementia Awareness Month, listen out for the SBS radio language programs throughout September, as a number of different language programs will be featuring interviews about dementia to raise general awareness of dementia in the community, highlight the supports and services available out there for people with dementia and their families and carers.
A number of our help sheets which provide advice, common sense approaches and practical strategies on the issues most commonly raised about dementia are available in over 40 languages on the national website.
For language assistance please call the Translating and Interpreting service on 131 450.