Q. What is dementia?
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death of Australian women. Currently there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with dementia and almost 1.6 million people in Australia involved in the care of someone living with dementia.
Dementia is not one single disease. It 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 not a normal part of ageing.
To learn more about dementia, visit the Dementia Australia website https://www.dementia.org.au/about-dementia/what-is-dementia
Q. What does it mean to discriminate against someone living with dementia?
Discrimination can happen in a number of ways:
- A person living with dementia might be ignored or dismissed in conversations;
- Sometimes people without realising will talk directly to the carer as if the person living with dementia is not even there;
- Assumptions might be made about a person’s capacity to contribute to conversations decision-making, whether they can still cook or even continue to work;
- Friends and family might stop calling or inviting a person living with dementia to social occasions – not out of deliberate neglect but possibly out of not knowing how to include them.
Q. How can I ‘keep the world open’?
You can keep the world open for people living with dementia by understanding more and ending discrimination. Take our pledge to make a difference.
Q. Does the ‘Keep the world open’ campaign feature real people?
Dementia Australia is committed to elevating the stories and voices of people with a lived experience of dementia from across Australia, through the Dementia Advocates Program. The ‘Keep the world open’ initiative has been informed by Dementia Advocates who have shared their experiences of dementia, including discrimination. The stories and messages featured as part of this initiative are grounded in the lived experiences of people with dementia.
Due to COVID-19 impacts we have been unable to feature Advocates in all materials for this initiative. For more information on how Dementia Australia involves people with dementia in this, and other key initiatives, please visit:https://discrimination.dementia.org.au/about-us/
Q. What does taking a pledge mean?
By taking a pledge you’re simply saying yes to improving your knowledge about dementia, finding ways to connect, and helping to reduce discrimination. We will send you an email each week for seven weeks with handy tips, and if you choose, you can continue to receive our regular e-newsletters after this time. We’ve involved our community to create resources that are helpful to you.
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