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Dementia Australia is calling on Australian organisations to take the lead and inspire their staff to sign up as Dementia Friends to learn how small actions can make a big difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year throughout September. This year’s theme is Small actions Big difference.
“We are challenging all business and community leaders to put dementia on the agenda in workplaces, clubs and community centres throughout September,” Ms McCabe said.
“Whether you have 40 club members or 40,000 employees, combined we all can make a difference to the more than 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia and the almost 1.5 million people involved in their care.
“At your next team or all staff meeting ask for a show of hands from all those who have been impacted by dementia. I guarantee you will be surprised by the numbers.
“With our Dementia Friends program we are providing an opportunity for everyone to empower themselves with more knowledge and increased understanding about dementia so they can learn how some small actions can make a big difference in the day-to-day life of someone living with dementia.”
The short online Dementia Friends module provides explanations about dementia and features interviews of people living with dementia sharing how dementia has impacted their lives and what others can do to support them in day-to-day situations.
“Through the Dementia Friends program, we want to transform the way we, as a community, think, act and talk about dementia. Head dementiafriendly.org.au and join us and thousands of others who have already signed up to become a Dementia Friend. Start making a difference today,” Ms McCabe said.
There are many other ways organisations can get involved in Dementia Awareness Month, including downloading and displaying one of our Dementia Awareness Month posters in the workplace, leaving some postcards in the reception area or showing support on social media.
Or, organisations can also arrange their own Dementia Awareness Month event. Head to dementia.org.au/dementia-awareness-month/show-your-support where you will find all you need to get started.
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
Media contacts: Sophie McGuirk 0435 532 214/ [email protected]
When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines.
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