Australian dementia researchers have taken the lead from online dating services in an innovative approach to linking people with dementia with the experts who are studying it.
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Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has congratulated dementia and aged care advocate Ita Buttrose for being awarded an honorary UNSW Medicine doctorate.
A nationally-accredited training program has been launched for frontline aged care staff to provide support to older people living with HIV.
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Aged care stakeholders are agreed on the need to push ahead with the next stage of aged care reform and have ramped up talks through the National Aged Care Alliance.
President of Alzheimer’s Australia Ita Buttrose has called for a united commitment to confront variable standards in aged care.
Alzheimer’s Australia has launched a set of resources utilising the Montessori education method which aim to help family carers and people with dementia maintain better relationships. The launch coincides with the start of a national workshop tour.
An international travelling photographic exhibition – Love Loss and Laughter: Seeing Dementia Differently – challenges commonly held views about dementia and is touring Australia between now and November.
With more than 3 million people expected to develop dementia between now and 2050, Australia needs to address and overcome the issue of stigma associated with the condition.
Alzheimer’s Australia is calling for a community wide campaign, similar to the UK model, supported by local governments, schools, businesses and authorities to educate Australians about dementia and build a more accessible, supportive society.
National president of Alzheimer’s Australia, Ita Buttrose has slammed Australia’s residential aged care standards, saying human rights violations are occurring daily and the majority of facilities are failing to properly care for people with dementia.
Many health professionals don’t realise that dementia can strike anyone at any age and as a result, often misdignose adults under age 65 with the disease, according to people with younger onset dementia and their carers.
Simple interventions in hospitals and a combined approach by hospital, mental health, residential aged care and community services may help reduce length of hospital stay and improve outcomes for people with dementia: AIHW Report
The AIHW predicts that in just over seven years, the numbers of people with dementia will increase by a third. And, by 2050 – just over 37 years from now – there could be 900,000 people with dementia, nationwide.