Families coming together this New Year are urged to act if concerned about a loved one

Media Release

28 December 2016

The Christmas and New Year period is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones but it can also be a time where people may notice changes in a relative such as memory loss, confusion about time and place, difficulties performing familiar tasks, problems with language, misplacing things or changes in personality.

Alzheimer’s Australia Ag National CEO, Maree McCabe said that often, the changes associated with dementia are subtle and gradual, and can be difficult to detect by those in constant contact with their loved one.

“But if time has passed between visits, these changes can be much more obvious,” Ms McCabe said.

“The festive season is a time when many families come together. Quite often factors such as distance and our busy lives mean the holidays present rare opportunities to get together.

“Alzheimer’s Australia is urging anybody with concerns about changes in the thinking and behaviour of a loved one to contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for advice.

“Although these symptoms might not necessarily be a consequence of dementia, it is important to discuss your concerns with an expert as soon as possible,” Ms McCabe said.

Alzheimer’s Australia National Dementia Helpline experts will listen to you and discuss your concerns with compassion and empathy. When it comes to dementia, there really is no question too small. Call
for information, support, advice and referrals to other support services.

The Alzheimer’s Australia website at fightdementia.org.au offers a wealth of dementia-related information. However, nothing can beat the reassurance that comes with speaking to an expert.

Remember, there are other, curable conditions that can cause symptoms similar to dementia, so it’s vital to get to the bottom of whatever has caused these changes.

If your loved one does have dementia, your first call to the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 can be the start of an enduring relationship with Alzheimer’s Australia that will provide support throughout the different stages of the disease and help make sure all measures are in place to enable your loved one to continue to live well now, and in the future.

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


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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