Alzheimer’s Australia has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Health Peter Dutton of $21.7 million funding for research into the causes and prevention of dementia, and better approaches to caring for people living with the condition.
The series You’re Not Alone, Discussing Dementia features people with dementia and carers talking about their experiences of living with the condition. The 10-part series aims to combat the stigma surrounding dementia and provide help and comfort to others in the same situation.
A filmmaker’s devotion to her grandmother, who has been living with dementia for 15 years, has been the inspiration behind a film that shares the story of the international photographic exhibition, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Dementia Differently.
The number of dependent older people will soar from 101 million in 2010 to 277 million in 2050 with nearly half of them living with dementia, leading to calls for a national action plan on dementia to better support informal carers of people with the chronic disease, according to a report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).
A new short film for the Spanish-speaking community designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition - and not a normal part of ageing – has been launched via YouTube. This is the latest in a series of films aimed at several non-English speaking communities in Australia to help de-stigmatise and promote awareness of the condition.
People who do regular physical activity have healthier brains, better memory, planning and other thinking skills, and have less chance of developing dementia, according to a new paper released today by Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with Fitness Australia.
Professor Sue Kurrle, has today spoken in Darwin on maximising your brain health as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2013. Specialist Geriatrician, Professor Kurrle said, “In order to increase your chances of longevity it is important to protect your brain health as well as your physical health.”
Visiting Dementia Awareness Week lecturer, Prof. Kristine Yaffe, says there needs to be greater public awareness of the dangerous links between some of the country’s most serious chronic diseases that affect millions of Australians.
Australian of the Year and National President Alzheimer’s Australia, Ita Buttrose, warned that people with disabilities and older people would be denied access to vital support and services unless there is a commitment to coordinating the two reforms under the oversight of a senior minister.
Australian of the Year and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose and Senior Australian of the Year and palliative care physician, Professor Ian Maddocks, have today launched a joint statement by Palliative Care Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia that calls for dementia-specific palliative care. The statement, which was released at the 12th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Canberra, focuses on the need for palliative care that is holistic, multidisciplinary and person-centred ands available when and where it is needed.
Australians are being encouraged to make sure their brain matters during Dementia Awareness Week, which this year is from 16-22 September, by making changes to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle.
Maree McCabe, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, said while there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
"Already there are an estimated 74,600 people living with dementia in Victoria," Ms McCabe said.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Glenn Rees today warned that disadvantaged groups are likely to miss out on aged care services if their special needs are not given a greater focus in the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reforms.
Ita Buttrose, 2013 Australian of the year and National President of Alzheimer’s Australia welcomed the commitment made by the Leader of the Federal Opposition, Tony Abbott, in his policy announcement today that if elected the Coalition would commit $200 million over five years to dementia research. “Alzheimer’s Australia, as part of its Fight Dementia Campaign, has been advocating for greatly increased funding for dementia research. This funding commitment will give Australians hope that future generations might escape this terrible chronic disease,” Ms Buttrose said.
Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra today, Glenn Rees, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia called on both sides of politics to commit to building on the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reforms to achieve an equitable, sustainable and high quality aged care system.
Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the release of a new British study from the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Collaboration which suggests that the prevalence of dementia in the UK has decreased over the last 20 years from 8.3% of people aged 65 and over to 6.2%.