Sign up for our eNews and discover more about what we're up to, the difference we're making, and, most importantly, how you can help.
Janice Rushworth will be speaking at A Night of Stars Gala Dinner on Saturday 25 February. To book your tickets click here.
Alastair Rushworth as a young man in Liverpool, UK
Alastair's family music store in Liverpool, UK
Local musicians, John Lennon and George Harrison purchasing their first guitars from the family store
To book your tickets to A Night of Stars please click here
Purchase two tickets to A night of Stars for the chance to join Ita Buttrose at an intimate lunch event on Friday 24 February. View competition Terms and Conditions.
Alzheimer’s Australia provides individualised information and support to improve the quality of life for people with younger onset dementia. For more information you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visitwww.fightdementia.org.au
What is dementia?
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.
About Younger Onset Dementia
Younger onset dementia is a term used to describe the onset of symptoms of dementia before the age of 65. Based on research evidence, it is estimated that more than 26,600 people in Australia have younger onset dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body for people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
Media enquiries: Sibel Korhaliller, Marketing and Communications Manager, 0411 101 896
More media releases
Dementia peak body welcomes Serious Incident Response Scheme to protect senior Australians
Dementia Australia has welcomed the introduction of a Serious Incident Response Scheme by the federal government to protect vulnerable and senior Australians from abuse and neglect. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the scheme is an important step in helping to keep people living with dementia safe.
Australians urged to be on alert for elder abuse, with concerns more people living with dementia at risk
Today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Dementia Australia is urging all Australians to know the warning signs of elder abuse and to be alert to vulnerable Australians, including people who live with dementia. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said elder abuse is a serious issue that is likely to have become even more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACT government’s first steps towards a dementia-friendly Canberra welcomed
Dementia Australia has welcomed the launch of the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Age-Friendly City Plan, which includes a focus on some areas becoming dementia-friendly. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the focus of the Plan is on practical achievements that address the barriers older Canberrans have said they face in living free from abuse, staying mobile, remaining socially connected and having good access to services.