Our history - SA


Dementia Australia SA was established in 1983 to provide services and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and carers.

History of Dementia Australia SA

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Society (ADARDS) was incorporated in 1983 following a public meeting attended by 700 concerned people. It received its first State Government funding in 1985 and from 1989 began to provide counselling and other family support following increased State and Commonwealth Government funding. It became the Alzheimer’s Association in 1992 and moved into its current facilities at 27 Conyngham Street, Glenside in 1996. With a staff of over 50 people and based on the expertise and advice of carers and people with dementia.

Dementia Australia SA has developed as a centre of excellence in dementia support services for people with memory loss and the families and professional staff who care for them. It also provides general education programs through seminars and courses, promotes community awareness and advocates for better services through political lobbying and monitoring of government policies and legislation.