Dementia Action Week 21 - 27 September 2020
Posted on September 17, 2020All Announcements
Dementia doesn’t discriminate.
Anyone can develop dementia. Dementia doesn’t discriminate, but we can change how we respond to and behave around people living with dementia. To understand more, we’ve put together a list of our favourite resources.
Understand more. Know the facts.
Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Dementia has become the leading cause of death among Australian women, and remains the second leading cause of death across all Australians. Find more facts and statistics on our web pages.
In a 2016 study conducted by Dementia Australia, people with dementia were shown to commonly experience social isolation, which can put them at risk of becoming lonely. Chronic loneliness can lead to poor mental and physical health.
People with dementia are:
- More than two times more likely not to see friends compared to their carers and the general public
- More than three times as likely not to have a friend to confide in compared to their carers and the general public
- Almost three times as likely not to have a friend to call on for help compared to the general public
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy body disease. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65.