To mark the launch of Dementia Awareness Week (19-26 September 2008), the Minister for Ageing has launched three training resources.

The new tools target special needs groups, such as rural Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those with younger onset dementia.

Produced at a total cost of $600,000, the resources include:

– ‘Local Knowledge’: an e-learning resource for rural and remote aged care workers in regional Australia;

– ‘Strangers in a Strange Land’: a training course that targets CALD people with dementia; and

– ‘2 Young 4 Dementia’: a tool to support improved awareness and care for younger people with dementia and their carers.

Mrs Elliot said preventing dementia was a key challenge facing Australia’s ageing population.

“There is growing evidence that healthy eating, intellectual stimulation, exercise and the prevention of cardio-vascular risk factors reduce the risk of developing dementia,” Mrs Elliot said.

This year’s theme for Dementia Awareness Week is ‘Mind your Mind – and reduce the risk of dementia’.

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