People living with dementia and carers share to let others know they are not alone

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Media Release

Monday 10 July 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic commends the contribution of the people living with dementia, their families and carers who generously shared their experiences in a commitment to help others, for the ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday 10 July.

Leanne Wenig, Acting CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, said all the people involved in the episode of Four Corners have demonstrated extraordinary generosity and bravery in sharing, with Australians, their experiences of what it is like for them living with dementia.

“I extend our gratitude to Garry, Mandy, Brian, Heather, Suzie and their families, who talked openly about the realities of living with dementia,” Ms Wenig said.

“They didn’t hold back on how their lives have been impacted and yet what shone through was their inspiring resolve to make the most of every day, take on the challenges and to do what they can to live well with dementia.

“We know around 70 per cent of Australians admit that they know very little about dementia. By sharing as they did, all of them have made an incredible difference to the level of understanding about dementia in our community.

“Each of them have shared because they want others to know that there is support available.

“They want everyone who may have concerns about themselves or someone close to them, to know that Alzheimer’s Australia is here to provide counselling support and services that can empower and enable them to live the best life they can with dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO Maree McCabe said dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians. There is an estimated 413,000 people living with dementia in Australia, and there is no cure but there are benefits to seeking help early.

“Our counsellors support people to understand more about the condition, what to expect and how to
live well with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

“All of those involved with the program wanted to talk about their experiences to help others to know that there is help available and that they are not alone.

“We encourage anyone with concerns, with a diagnosis or caring for someone with dementia to contact Alzheimer’s Australia on the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 or visit our website”

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Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the peak body and charity representing people of all ages with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services. Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit

Notes to media

When writing or talking about dementia, please include our free National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 - a telephone information and support service available across Australia.

The words used to talk about dementia can have a significant impact on how people with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. Please read our Dementia Language Guidelines that have been developed by people living with dementia and carers.

Media contact: Phillip Money 0427 757 434 / [email protected]