The Dementia Guide

For people living with dementia, their families and carers

The Dementia Guide is an important resource for any person impacted by any form of dementia, of any age. The Dementia Guide can help anyone learn about dementia and the treatments, support and services available.

The Dementia Guide may also be useful to the friends, families and carers of people living with dementia, as it contains information about the impact dementia may have on a person, the treatment, support and services they may need, as well as for anyone taking on a caring role.

You can download a free digital version or order a printed copy of the Dementia Guide.

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You can also read and focus on the individual sections that seem most relevant to your situation:

Section 1: About dementia (PDF)

What is dementia? Who gets dementia? What causes dementia? How does dementia affect younger people? And how does dementia progress?

Section 2: Understanding your diagnosis (PDF)

Recognising your feelings, learning more about dementia, and telling people about your diagnosis.

Section 3: Healthcare team and treatments (PDF)

Building your healthcare team, understanding your treatment options, and treating depression and anxiety.  

Section 4: Planning for the future (PDF)

Driving, working legal matters, financial management, government support, advanced care planning.

Section 5: Living well (PDF)

Coping with changes, reducing stress, maintaining communication, navigating changed relationships, living at home, travelling safely, and staying healthy and active.

Section 6: Support for people with dementia (PDF)

My Aged Care, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), support coordination and other services from Dementia Australia, and local services.

Section 7: Dementia Australia services (PDF)

Information services, support services, and education services.

Section 8: Residential care (PDF)

Identifying the right time, choosing a residential care facility, understanding fees and costs, getting financial assistance, making the move, managing visits from family and friends, and protecting your quality of care. 

Section 9: Later stages of dementia (PDF)

Understanding palliative care. 

Section 10: Checklist (PDF)

This section offers a checklist of things to help you to live well now and make plans for the future.

Section 11: Support and information for carers (PDF)

Getting emotional support, getting practical support, looking after your health and wellbeing, supporting a person with dementia, coping with changes in behaviour, and managing grief and bereavement.


Order a paperback copy of the Dementia Guide

This A5 size 160 page paperback resource can be ordered by completing a form with your mailing details

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We hope you find this resource to be helpful. If you have any comments, feedback, and/or suggestions as to how it could be improved in the future, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us at 

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