Dementia can happen to anyone but is more common as we age. Dementia Action Week is held from 19-25th September 2022. Nearly half a million Australians are impacted by dementia and a further 1.6 million are involved in their care.
According to the Dementia website, “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.”
7 tips listed on their website to support people living with dementia are:
- Home life – as people living with dementia can often have different sensory perceptions, creating a dementia-friendly environment can assist to ensure that the person living with dementia has an easily accessible, safe, and secure place, to retain their independence
- Space – contrary to belief, those with dementia do not need help with everything. Be sure to give them space and time when completing tasks, problem-solving, talking, and planning
- Listen – active Listen! Be in the moment, don’t make judgements, show you’re listening, and listen to learn
- Be respectful – always treat others how you would like to be treated. Be mindful and respectful when communicating
- Clever technology – with the evolving use of technology, it can also be useful for assisting those with dementia
- Initiative – assist those living with dementia when needed but be sure to allow them to take charge at times, to maintain their independence
- Health – keeping physically fit and mentally engaged can help people remain connected
You can support those with dementia by fundraising, donating, and working alongside Dementia to join the fight against dementia.