Date: 14 September 2022
Dementia affects close to half a million Australians and almost 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care.
The number of people living with dementia is set to double in the next 25 years, and with so many people affected now and into the future, it is vital we clear up some of the prevailing misconceptions about dementia.
People living with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives many years after diagnosis. Despite this, they often experience discrimination. In a Dementia Australia survey, more than 70 per cent of people believed discrimination towards people with dementia is common or very common.
The concept for Dementia Action Week, being held from 19-25 September, was developed in consultation with Dementia Advocates, who have a lived experience of dementia.
The ‘A little support makes a big difference’ campaign demonstrates that many people living with dementia can continue to live well for many years after their diagnosis. In 2021, the focus was also on supporting and celebrating carers of people living with dementia.
The campaign provides information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted – and to help eliminate discrimination. These include simple and practical tips to:
This awareness-raising campaign continues to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers,
Contact: The Guild