Understand more. Know the facts.
Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Dementia has become the leading cause of death among Australian women and remains the second leading cause of death across all Australians. Find more facts and statistics on Dementia Australia’s website.
In a 2016 survey conducted by Dementia Australia, people with dementia were shown to commonly experience social isolation, which can put them at risk of becoming lonely. Chronic loneliness can lead to poor mental and physical health.
People with dementia are:
- More than two times more likely not to see friends compared to their carers and the general public
- More than three times as likely not to have a friend to confide in compared to their carers and the general public
- Almost three times as likely not to have a friend to call on for help compared to the general public
This research sparked calls for greater awareness and understanding of dementia by the general public, so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone. Some of this isolation can be as a result of discrimination – not out of deliberate neglect, but possibly out of not knowing how to include people living with dementia.
By understanding more, you can develop strategies to help people living with dementia to engage and maintain relationships, and begin to reduce the discrimination they experience.
Understand more. Learn more.
Dementia 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 a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. 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 after the age of 65.
What should people know about what it is like to live with dementia? Watch this video.
For more information about dementia, look at our What is dementia? Help Sheet, or go to our website.
Understand more. Take action.
- Take a pledge to learn more about dementia and prevent discrimination
- Choose a doorway to end discrimination
- Discover how people living with dementia experience discrimination.
- Watch our Dementia Action Week 2019 discussion panel event to learn more about discrimination and dementia.
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