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.
Sharing what you have learned about dementia with your friends, family and work colleagues can help everyone increase their awareness.
Stigma and lack of understanding around dementia can create a barrier to talking about the condition, mean people’s concerns are not taken seriously, and prevent people from seeking a timely diagnosis. This can all add extra stress and confusion prior to a diagnosis being made.
An improved understanding of dementia amongst the community can reduce stigma, and make people with concerns feel more comfortable to talk about what they are experiencing and seek a timely diagnosis.
A timely diagnosis means people with dementia can access vital support and resources sooner, to help maximise quality of life and plan for the future.