A little support makes a big difference

Communities

It’s estimated that 65 per cent of people living with dementia live in the community. This could be a family member, a friend or a neighbour. The little changes you do can make a big difference.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a pervasive impact on all of us. As a society we have experienced first-hand the impact of social isolation and loneliness on our lives.

For those impacted by dementia, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the impact of social isolation and discrimination. Often discriminatory behaviour is unintended and comes from a lack of understanding about dementia.

The good news is a lot can be done to improve the dementia experience for people living with dementia in our communities.

A better understanding of dementia can help you and all Australians make a positive difference to the lives of people who are impacted by this condition – and help eliminate discrimination.

Start by educating yourself on dementia so you can understand the experience of someone living with dementia in your community.

Often discriminatory behaviour is unintended and comes from a lack of understanding about dementia. Read through these seven tips for information, resources and ideas on how everyone in the community can better support people living with dementia.

If someone in your life is living with dementia, read our seven tips on how families, friends and neighbours can support them to live well with dementia.

To help clear up some of the prevailing misconceptions about dementia, you can learn a bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and what kind of support you can provide. 

Keen to start spreading the word? You can download and share posters or social media posts about Dementia Action Week, discrimination and dementia.

Ready to take the next step? Sign-up online to access a series of short videos, information and personal stories from people impacted by dementia. After completing this short program, you’ll become a Dementia Friend.

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