Media Releases

People living with younger onset dementia are now better equipped to understand and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through the release of the NDIS Toolkit for People Living with Younger Onset Dementia and their Carers.
The toolkit is complemented by a short video featuring carers and people living with younger onset dementia that is, those diagnosed under the age of 65, to assist others as they apply to access the new system.

Dementia Australia is inviting all Australians to make their brain health a priority in 2018 by incorporating a number of changes to lower their risk of dementia.

“A healthy brain starts with a healthy heart, being physically active, challenging your brain, being socially active and healthy eating,” said Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe.

“Lifestyle factors have a significant impact on the health of the brain and making positive changes will benefit your whole body, including your brain.

“It is never too late for people to modify their lifestyle to lower their risk of dementia.”

Recent research shows that at least one in three cases of dementia could be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

This festive season, Dementia Australia is appealing to everyone visiting loved ones with dementia to look out for any changes in their condition, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while.

Christmas holidays sometimes bring families together after long periods of separation. It is in these circumstances that changes in thinking, memory and behaviour can be more noticeable.

Dementia Australia welcomes Mr Dan Tehan MP, the new Minister for Social Services, to the important role of supporting the 1.2 million people involved in the care of people living with dementia, and of all those living with younger onset dementia in need of support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dementia Australia is pleased to be named one of the charity partners alongside Wingecaribee Adult Day Centre for the Southern Highlands 2018 Tulip Festival, to be held from Tuesday 18 September - Monday 1 October 2018.

General Manager Fundraising, Simon Crowson said Dementia Australia was proud to be a charity partner and for the opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of Dementia in today’s society.

The holiday season can be a joyous time but also challenging for people impacted by dementia.

Kiran Glennen, who is living with dementia, said it is an opportunity for laughter, merriment and gift giving. He also hopes that it provides all the generations with memories that are cherished forever.

“I love to hear my family laugh,” Mr Glennen said.

This Christmas and holiday season Dementia Australia is calling on the community to support the wishes of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia Australia community fundraiser Dustylee Williams has entered the final weeks of her inspiring 2017 pledge to honor her late Grandmother, Betty, who sadly lost her battle with dementia last year.

Earlier this year, Dustylee committed to raising $12,000 for Dementia Australia by running 1,200 kilometres in twelve months, collecting donations from supporters along the way, and raising awareness about dementia.

Dementia Australia has today urged the Federal Government to take action to better support 100,000 Australians waiting to receive home care support.

The statistics revealed in the Department of Health’s report into the new arrangements for Home Care packages show overall demand for home care is increasing, with the average number of daily approvals growing by 23.9% since March 2017.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said while Dementia Australia supports the Government’s Consumer Directed Care approach, it also recognises the urgent need for the Government to adequately provide these consumers with the appropriate level of support they need, when they need it.

“As of September this year, more than 100,000 Australians have been on the waiting list to receive home care packages. Some people can wait for more than 12 months to receive support, with less than 70,000 packages approved since the start of the new arrangements,” Ms McCabe said.

“Such a long wait is unacceptable for anyone requiring in-home assistance. Even more so for someone living with dementia.”

Local community organisations from around Australia are encouraged to apply for funding through Dementia Australia to assist them to become more inclusive of people living with dementia.

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Dementia experts and peak body, Dementia Australia, today expressed their disappointment about the Australian Government’s response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report: Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Volunteers are a vital part of any organisation and at Dementia Australia we would like to thank our volunteers today, on International Volunteer Day (IVD).

IVD is celebrated each year on 5 December and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. This day celebrates the more than three billion volunteers who offer their services worldwide to different causes. This year’s IVD theme is “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”

Friday 24 November 2017

Dementia Australia’s leadership in transforming dementia care and practice, through the use of virtual reality, interactive video games and apps, was honoured this week at the Information Technology in Aged Care Awards (ITAC) receiving the Best Aged Care Software Development and Deployment Award

The Voice Australia’s most successful winner in four years, Judah Kelly, will be a special guest performer at this year’s Dementia Australia’s annual fundraising gala dinner A Night to Remember.

Judah will bring his country with soul style to the gala, with performances including his number one iTunes charting single ‘Count On Me’ to help raise awareness of the role that carers play in looking after people with dementia.

Dementia Australia today welcomed the declaration and commitment by Opposition Leader, Hon Bill Shorten MP, to making Australia a world leader in the way our country cares for people living with dementia, and for Australia to lead the world in finding a cure.

In a speech at a conference in Sydney today Mr Shorten said dementia was a challenge that ‘demands the full reach of our resources’.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Mr Shorten has committed to elevating dementia to the health policy priority that is needed to best support the 413,000 people currently living with dementia, and to plan for the future as this figure is projected to grow to more than one million Australians by 2056.

“Dementia is already a National Health Priority Area but not priority enough,” Ms McCabe said.

“The time to act for dementia is now.

Dementia Australia has today called on all political parties in Queensland to commit funding to tackling the dementia challenge ahead of the forthcoming State election.

It is estimated that more than 77,000 Queenslanders live with dementia, which, without a significant medical breakthrough, is expected to increase to 250,000 people by 2056.

It is the second leading cause of death of Australians and of Queenslanders.

There are more than 100 types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common form.

Dementia awareness alarmingly low, new survey finds

More than 80 per cent of Australians do not know that dementia is the second leading cause of death in this country, according to a new survey. This is despite the fact that one-third of respondents reported someone close to them had a diagnosis of the condition.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Australia found that although there is some understanding of dementia in the general community, it is alarmingly low.

More than half the survey respondents did not understand the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; almost 40 per cent of respondents did not know that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, and 39 per cent of people agreed they felt awkward around someone with dementia. As well, 41 per cent of respondents said they found talking to someone with dementia confronting.

The results of the survey have been released to coincide with the launch of Dementia Australia, the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

International experts at conference to Be The Change

World-leading experts on dementia will assemble at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre next week for the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference.

Prof Sam Gandy, from the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, will present a keynote address on ‘What Would It Take to Get an Effective Alzheimer's Drug?’

Naomi Feil, pioneer of the world-renowned Validation method, will present on How to apply Validation techniques to older people living with dementia who exhibit behaviours of unmet need.

Victorian Training Award for Dementia Australia as a leader in dementia-education using cutting edge, virtual reality programs.

In Melbourne, last night, Dementia Australia’s leadership in professional education was recognised as the winner of the Small Training Provider of the Year Award at the prestigious Department of Education’s Victorian Training Awards.

Key to the success were the multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ and the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE), using virtual reality headsets that provide an immersive experience of what it might be like to live with dementia.

Media release

04 October 2017

What will it take to get an effective Alzheimer's drug?

Mount Sinai Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research, Dr Sam Gandy will share his expert view on what it will take to get an effective drug for Alzheimer’s disease, when he joins the keynote speaker program of the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference in Melbourne this month.

Media release

04 October 2017

What will it take to get an effective Alzheimer's drug?

Mount Sinai Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research, Dr Sam Gandy will share his expert view on what it will take to get an effective drug for Alzheimer’s disease, when he joins the keynote speaker program of the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference in Melbourne this month.