Up to 80% of people with dementia and nearly half of people in residential aged care facilities are receiving psychotropic medications that in some cases are inappropriately prescribed, a report released today by Alzheimer’s Australia has revealed. The report, The Use of Restraint and Psychotropic Medication in People with Dementia, provides an evidence-based review of the prevalence of the use of restraint, and the potential negative consequences and legal issues surrounding the use of psychotropic medication and physical restraints in people with dementia.

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, was the second leading cause of death in Australian women in 2012, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today. The figures, contained in the report Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 also show that deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to increase.

This article was written by Simon Wilkinson, published in The Advertiser and on on 17 February 2014. Ms Beer has teamed with Country Health SA in spearheading a push to improve the food served in regional aged care facilities in SA.

There is a disturbing gap between the perceptions of care professionals and carers of people with dementia about end-of-life care for people with dementia, according to a new report released today.

In this animated series, children talk about their expereinces of their grandparent with dementia. My Grandmum, My Papu, My Grandpa and Me is a new animated series produced by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW which features three children, Ezekiel, aged six, Bibi, aged nine, and Julia, aged 11, talking about their experiences of their grandparent with dementia, in their own words.

Christie Arthur recently completed her Higher School Certificate (HSC). As part of her Extension 2 English Course, she was required to compose an original Major Work. Her Major Work comprises a collection of short stories about her life touched by Alzheimer’s disease.