Dementia Australia has released a series of new dementia help sheets that have been translated into Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai, to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services, available for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, living with dementia.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that the help sheets are among 43 translated help sheets on a variety of dementia topics that are available for free to download.
Australia is one of the most ethnically diverse nations, with recent data projections demonstrating that migrant communities are ageing at a significantly faster rate than the general population. By 2020 it is projected that around 30 per cent of the population aged 65 years and above will be from CALD backgrounds1.
"The release of these help sheets will assist people from non-English speaking backgrounds living with dementia, their carers, families and friends navigate complex conversations about dementia in their own languages, incorporating their different cultural customs, traditions and beliefs," Ms McCabe said.
"Our website also provides access to information for clinical and allied health professionals, for when they are planning dementia screening or assessment of people from a CALD background.
"These resources can be shared among individuals who speak Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai, and will ensure that people receive advice and support about dementia in their first language.
"I encourage people to utilise these free translated resources, they are available online at www.dementia.org.au/languages".
For more information on culturally appropriate resources, please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. There is access to an interpreter service.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity 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 425,000 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. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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
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 Fecca’s 2020 Vision for Older CALD Australians (2015) http://fecca.org.au/wpcontent/uploads/2015/11/FECCA2020Vision.pdf (link is external)