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The Christmas and New Year period is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones but it can also be a time where people may notice changes in an older relative such as memory loss, confusion about time and place, difficulties performing familiar tasks,  problems with language, misplacing things or changes in personality.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said that often, the changes associated with dementia are subtle and gradual, and can be difficult to detect by those in constant contact with their loved one.

The Christmas and New Year period is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones but it can also be a time where people may notice changes in a relative such as memory loss, confusion about time and place, difficulties performing familiar tasks, problems with language, misplacing things or changes in personality.

Alzheimer’s Australia is urging people visiting a loved one with dementia these Christmas holidays to look out for changes in their condition, particularly if it may have been a while since you last saw them.

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement in The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO 2016-2017) indicating they will fulfil their $7.5 million election promise, by establishing a Specialist Dementia Care Unit in each of the 31 Primary Health Network regions.

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Government’s announcement in The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO 2016-2017) indicating they will fulfil their $7.5 million election promise, by establishing a Specialist Dementia Care Unit in each of the 31 Primary Health Network regions.

Families coming together over the holidays are urged to act if concerned about a loved one

The Christmas and New Year period is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones but it can also be a time where people may notice changes in an older relative such as memory loss, confusion about time and place, difficulties performing familiar tasks,  problems with language, misplacing things or changes in personality.

Thursday 15 December 2016

Dementia is Australia’s second leading cause of death after heart disease. It’s one of Australia’s biggest, yet least understood conditions - with over 70 per cent of Australians admitting that they know very little about the disease. What’s more, almost half of the population do not realise that dementia is fatal. In fact, a quarter of us believe that it is just a normal part of ageing.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is urging anybody visiting a loved one with dementia these Christmas holidays to look out for changes in their condition, particularly if it may have been a while since you last saw them.

 

LOOK OUT FOR CHANGES IN LOVED ONES WITH DEMENTIA THIS CHRISTMAS

 

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14 December 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Discussion Paper Elder Abuse (DP 83) released today by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) containing 43 proposals for law reform to combat elder abuse. 

 Wednesday 7 December 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic today launched The Virtual Forest™, a screen-projected game designed to bring joy to the lives of people living with dementia through the use of cutting edge video game and sensor technology.

“The Virtual Forest™ is empowering for a person with dementia. It gives them an element of control at a time in their life when so many choices are beyond their control,” Leanne Wenig, Acting CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC has welcomed, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt’s announcement to roll back the significant adjustments to the Complex Health Care (CHC) domain of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

CONSUMERS TO BENEFIT FROM ROLL BACK OF ACFI CUTS

 

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06 December 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the release of the Productivity Commission’s study report on Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services:  Identifying Sectors for Reform.
 

Wednesday 30 November 2016

The Dementia Guide, a comprehensive, free handbook and online guide released today by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will offer invaluable information and support options for anyone who has been impacted by dementia.

“When my husband Bill was diagnosed with dementia, having a friend, like this Guide, that I could carry in my handbag or have as a conversation starter with family and friends would have been helpful,” Delia Bradshaw, family carer said.

Thursday 24 November 2016                                                                                                                                

As part of the Bigger Hearts project launched in September in Ballarat, a film was released today that has captured moving, warm and sometimes funny moments at a gathering between people living with dementia and our community.

Wednesday 23 November 2017

Delegates to the 17th Dementia Australia’s National Conference in Melbourne next October are being called upon to ‘be the change’ that improves the quality of life and support of all people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Developed for carers of people living with dementia, a new DVD resource launched today, 'How dementia affects the brain and the person', aims to increase understanding about dementia, how it progresses, some of its most common forms, how the brain works and how dementia changes the brain.

Dementia champion dedicates Australian of the Year award  to people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia congratulates dementia advocate Kate Swaffer who was named 2017 South Australian Australian of the Year in a ceremony at Adelaide Oval last night.

Kate Swaffer, who is living with dementia, advocates in multiple capacities including:

MEDIA RELEASE 17 November 2016

Fully-funded dementia training for healthcare professionals now available across Australia

Aged and health care workers can now access a fully-funded dementia training program, delivered by expert facilitators from Alzheimer’s Australia.