A little support makes a big difference

Dementia Action Week

Learn more about Dementia Action Week, dementia and discrimination.

What is Dementia Action Week?

Dementia Action Week is a national awareness-raising initiative and this year it ran from Monday 19 September to Sunday 25 September 2022. This year’s theme is ‘A little support makes a big difference’. We know discrimination has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers, and a little support from the community and health care professionals can make a big difference.

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term to describe a set of symptoms caused by brain disease. Typical signs of dementia include gradual changes in thinking, memory, language and other areas that impact everyday activities. No two people are affected in exactly the same way. 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 as we age. It is not a normal part of ageing.

An estimated 65 per cent of Australians living with dementia live in the community. This could be a family member, a friend or a neighbour. A better understanding of dementia can help you make a positive difference to the lives of people who are impacted by this condition – and help eliminate discrimination.

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 you’re looking for a way to show your support this Dementia Action Week, why not host an event? We have several resources to help you host an event or get-together, including videos from guest speakers, informational slides, conversation starters and more.

Discrimination has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers. Find out more about what discrimination can look like.

Read our research on dementia and discrimination which shows that people living with dementia and carers experience discrimination that can lead to social isolation, loneliness and poor mental health.

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 is helpful.

Dementia Advocates and dementia-friendly community members generously share their stories about little bits of support that have made a big difference.

Carers need a little bit of support too. Why not use this Dementia Action Week to celebrate a carer to show them how much you, or someone in your life, appreciates everything they do?

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

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