Dementia Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone
This September, Australians are being encouraged to find out more about dementia during Dementia Awareness Month, to elevate awareness about dementia and the impact on people living with dementia and their carers and families. Those impacted report that their experience is often isolating and studies show a high level of stigma toward people living with dementia.
As part of this event filled month, Alzheimer’s Australia will host a public lecture series given by international guest speaker Professor Steven Sabat, entitled Forget Memory Loss - what about the person?
Prof Sabat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University, USA. For the past 35 years, he has studied the cognitive and social abilities of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the moderate to severe stages.
His writing includes the forthcoming book, Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia: What Everyone Needs to Know and The Experience of Alzheimer’s disease: Life through a Tangled Veil.
Prof Sabat will present on:
- Monday 11 September, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
- Tuesday 12 September, Parliament House, Canberra by invitation only
- Wednesday 13 September, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
- Thursday 14 September, ZINC, Federation Square, Melbourne
Alzheimer’s Australia will host a number of events as part of Dementia Awareness Month. The full calendar of events with links to activities across Australia can be viewed here.
The theme of Dementia Awareness Month this year is You are not alone and across the country, Alzheimer’s Australia will communicate the following:
- To people living with dementia, their families and carers - there is support and services available to you from Alzheimer’s Australia and other organisations
- To the general public - over 70 per cent of Australians admit that they know very little about the dementia and almost half of the population do not realise that it is fatal.1 Dementia impacts everyone and we can all play a part in giving people living with dementia the opportunity to remain engaged with their community and lead meaningful lives
- To healthcare professionals - there is education and support available to you to assist the people you work with in managing the day-to-day and big picture challenges that dementia can bring
Dementia Awareness Month 2017 is supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government.
Dr Sabat will be available for media in Australia from 11 to 14 September. For media requests prior to his arrival in Australia please contact: Christine Bolt, 0400004553 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other media enquiries contact Christine as above or Monika Boogs, 0407019430 / email@example.com
1Alzheimer’s Australia commissioned research by Ipsos Australia 2012
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
Media resources and additional information:
- Media statistics
- Reporting on dementia
- Dementia Language guidelines
- National Dementia Helpline
- Dementia Resources
- Dementia Information
- Dementia Fact Sheets