Three families living with dementia share their experience through ABC Four Corners

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Media Release

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Three families living with dementia share their experience through ABC Four Corners

Alzheimer’s Australia commends the contribution of the people living with dementia, their families and carers who very generously shared their experiences to make a difference to others, on ABC’s Four Corners episode on Monday 10 July.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe said all those involved in the Four Corners episode have increased awareness and understanding of dementia in Australia through lending their time, experience and voices to the program titled ‘Forget Me Not’.

“I would like to extend our gratitude to Suzie O’Sullivan, Garry and Mandy Lovell and Brian and Heather Fischer who selflessly and courageously shared their personal experiences of living with dementia on the program, speaking so openly about the impact of the condition and also how to live well with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

“Approximately 70 per cent of Australians admit to knowing very little about dementia. For this reason, the three families who have shared their experiences have made an incredible difference to the level of understanding about dementia in Australia.”

More than 413,100 people in Australia are currently living with dementia and roughly 244 people join this number with a diagnosis every day. Research shows that those living with dementia and their carers are amongst the loneliest people in Australia.

Ms McCabe said that the Four Corners episode highlights the benefits that can come from seeking an early diagnosis and taking advantage of the support and services that are available for people living with dementia.

“An increased awareness about dementia will result in reducing stigma and social isolation. This gets people talking about it and seeking support earlier,” Ms McCabe said.

“Timely diagnosis is something Alzheimer’s Australia has long been advocating for and is so important. Access to early intervention and treatment, support and services can make an extraordinary difference to a person living with dementia.

“All those involved with the Four Corners program wanted to share their experiences for others to know that there are support and services 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,” Ms McCabe said.

Media enquiries:

Leanne Torres 
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Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, 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 in 40 years. 

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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