Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year.

 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said this year’s Dementia Awareness Month is all about empowering the community to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers through increased awareness and support.

 

“During Dementia Awareness Month, we are also inviting the community to pledge their support by becoming a Dementia Friend,” she said.

 

“Becoming a Dementia Friend makes you aware of the small, everyday actions you can do to support people living with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected within their community.

 

“Through the Dementia Friends program, we want to transform the way we, as a community, think, act and talk about dementia.”

 

Dementia Australia Ambassadors Amy Jackson from Melbourne City FC, W-League and Nicola Stevens from the Carlton Football Club AFLW will join Dementia Advocates Dennis Edwards and John and Helen Hiller and Professor James Vickers, Director, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania at the Dementia Awareness Month Small actions Big difference Roadshow event in Hobart on Tuesday 11 September.

 

Ms McCabe said there are more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia – about 10,000 of which are estimated to be living in Tasmania.

 

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death of women, yet awareness of the condition remains extremely low.

 

“People living with dementia tell us they can find it challenging to participate actively in the community due, in part, to a lack of knowledge or understanding of dementia among the general public and how it can impact people,” Ms McCabe said.

 

“That’s why at our Small actions Big difference Roadshow event you’ll hear directly from people with dementia and our Ambassadors, who have been impacted by dementia, about the small actions that can create a big difference for people living with dementia and how, with compassion and understanding you can positively change the life of someone living with dementia.

 

“You’ll also hear from Professor James Vickers about educational interventions to build awareness and reduce the risk of dementia.”

 

The Small actions Big difference Roadshow will be at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart on Tuesday 11 September and the public is invited to come along to the free event.

 

Professor James Vickers will talk about dementia education to raise awareness. The audience will then be treated to a Q & A style panel with Amy Jackson and Nicola Stevens and Dementia Advocates Dennis Edwards and John and Helen Hiller.

 

Head to www.dementiafriendly.org.au and watch three short videos that explain what dementia is and feature interviews with people impacted by dementia.

 

To secure your free ticket to the Small actions Big difference Roadshow, see https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/small-actions-big-difference-roadshow-tickets-48628128040 Tickets are free but they are limited.

 

3 September 2018.