Community based services are not able to fully meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers, a West Australian study has found.
The number of people living with dementia around the world has more than doubled to almost 44 million since 1990, according to a global study.
The rollout of 10,000 new home care packages flagged in December will begin this week, the federal government says.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has congratulated dementia and aged care advocate Ita Buttrose for being awarded an honorary UNSW Medicine doctorate.
Dementia Australia has become the first national dementia association to partner with Dementia Alliance International, the peak global dementia advocay organisation.
Dementia Australia has released a new iPad app to help family members connect and communicate with loved ones who are living with dementia through interactive games.
Dementia continues to be the leading cause of death among Australian women, and the second leading cause of death of all Australians behind heart disease, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report released earlier this week.
Despite increased awareness about dementia, one in four people feel uncomfortable around someone living with the condition because they don’t know what to say or are worried about saying the wrong thing.
The head of the peak industry body Leading Age Services Australia has told the ABC he was unaware of many of the allegations of abuses, neglect and substandard care made on the broadcaster’s flagship Four Corners program.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt speaks to Community Care Review in his first comments directly addressing reaction to the government’s home care data released last week, revealing that more than one in ten approved for a package are estimated to be living with dementia.
The peak body for people with dementia has called for more information about how many people with dementia are waiting for home care packages, after the latest government figures showed more than 108,000 people are waiting for a package appropriate to their needs.
Fear and misconceptions about dementia are persisting despite an increase in community awareness campaigns, according to a study that calls for new strategies to address gaps in knowledge.
A film about how Australian technology is helping people with dementia and their carers is part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the condition.
New online training is available for health professionals and care workers to improve their understanding of younger onset dementia.