Dementia Australia has given me the confidence, encouragement and support to seek therapies and strategies to conquer this illness, or at least delay the symptoms and slow the deterioration.
As a young person whose mother has been recently diagnosed, the fact sheets and key worker program provided me with invaluable information which I then shared to help educate the rest of my family and friends. I found great comfort and support knowing I could talk with someone who understood the challenges and changes I was facing as a primary carer.
If it had not been for my wife Lee-Anne and Dementia Australia in those early days, I don’t know what or where I would be now.
Dementia Australia’s Living with Dementia program gave us an excellent insight into how to adjust to and live with our new situation. The library is extensive and has been a fantastic resource. The staff always know just what you need at the time. My support group is my current lifeline. All services are fantastic.
Dementia Australia has helped me to better understand dementia, what to expect as the illness progresses and help inform decisions about Dad’s care.
I attended Dementia Australia’s Carer Support Groups during 2013-2014. I greatly benefited from meeting other carers and knowing I was not alone. Listening to their experiences helped me manage my wife's transition to residential care. Counselling sessions in 2013 also helped with strategies to overcome the pressures of caring for my wife at home, and ultimately managing my grief when my wife passed away in 2017.
When my wife was first diagnosed I used Dementia Australia’s counselling service to get me through the tough times. Over the next six years caring for my wife, I used the education services to learn more about the disease so I could better understand the progression and look after her in the best way possible.