The role of the Dementia Australia National Office is to advocate on the basis of evidence-based policy for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, promote awareness of dementia, administer national dementia-related contracts with the Commonwealth Government and provide research grants to emerging researchers through the Dementia Australia Dementia Research Foundation.
We are proud to say that we are committed to achieving a dementia-friendly Australia where people with dementia are respected, supported, empowered, and engaged in community life.
We also provide a confidential National Dementia Helpline (1800 100 500) service. The Helpline provides:
• Understanding and support for people with dementia, their family and carers
• Practical information and advice
• Up-to-date written material about dementia
• Information about other services
• Details of the full range of services provided by Dementia Australia
The Helpline is staffed by trained and experienced professionals. It operates during business hours and the services are provided by Dementia Australia state organisations, ensuring you get accurate and local information and support.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is the umbrella term for a collection of disorders that affect the brain. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but other forms include: vascular dementia, fronto temporal dementia and dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Dementia is not a normal part of ageing, however it can affect anybody, including those in their 30s, 40s and 50s, but it is more common after the age of 65. Younger onset dementia is the term used to describe those who are diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65, but their type of dementia will also be identified. I.e. younger onset fronto temporal dementia.
We have a range of helpsheets available (including in other languages) that provide more detailed information about each form of dementia.
PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
FACTS ABOUT DEMENTIA
• There are more than 342,800 Australians living with dementia
• There are approximately 25,100 people in Australia with Younger Onset Dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65; including people as young as 30)
• Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050
• An estimated 1.2 million people are involved in the care of a person with dementia
• Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia
Additional facts and statistics are available at fightdementia.org.au/about-us/media/key-facts-and-statistics-for-media