Take care of loved ones with dementia this festive season

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’s CEO Maree McCabe, said the Christmas holidays were traditionally a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate.  

“For many of us Christmas represents joy, happiness and time with family and loved ones, but for people living with dementia it can be a sad and lonely time,” she said.

“We are encouraging families should they notice a change in their loved one’s conditions and symptoms to contact your GP, health professional or local emergency department. You can also call the National Dementia Helpline during business hours on 1800 100 500 for advice or support”.

The Dementia Australia website www.dementia.org is also a great resource for dementia-related information. The National Dementia Helpline, however, provides the opportunity to speak with a trained health professional. Our dementia experts will listen, discuss your concerns, and provide in-depth advice to help assess your situation and suggest appropriate strategies. 

The National Dementia Helpline will be operated during business hours over the Christmas holiday period, excluding weekends and public holidays.

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Media contact: Monika Boogs Executive Manager, Communications and Media 0407 019 430

Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer's Australia.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Interpreter service available

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to the Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines.

www.dementia.org.au