What is it like to live with dementia?

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2 December 2014

Alzheimer’s Australia WA (AAWA) is inviting people living with dementia to talk about their experiences within their community setting at community cafe high teas around Western Australia in early 2015. 

According to Alzheimer’s Australia WA CEO Rhonda Parker this new initiative aims to tackle the stigma and social isolation associated with dementia through supporting the development of dementia-friendly communities. 

The majority of people with dementia (approximately 70%) live in the community, and it is estimated that approximately 30% live alone. 

“People living with dementia offer a unique perspective on their journey and experiences. We want to learn from experiences in order to understand what it’s like to live with dementia in our communities,” she said. 

“We are asking those living with dementia to attend this community consultation and become a powerful voice that can really make a difference and will help AAWA create a dementia-friendly WA.” 

There are currently 332,000 Australians living with dementia and this number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than ten years. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050. 

An estimated 1.2 million Australians are caring for someone with dementia, and it is the third leading cause of death (the second leading cause in women). 

Most high teas will commence 10am and will run for an hour and a half. Morning tea will be served throughout the session. 

To reserve your place please contact Veronica Keltie on (08) 9388 2800 or register online at https://wa.fightdementia.org.au/community-cafe

Media enquiries:
Sam Lynch 
Communications Manager
T: (08) 6271 1056 M: 0419971713 E: [email protected]