Dementia Action Week 2021

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Today marks the start of Dementia Action Week 2021.

This year, the theme is ‘A little support makes a big difference’. This message aims to highlight the ways people living with dementia can live a full and enriching life with the right supports in place.

Dementia impacts 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. With so many people impacted 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 recent Dementia Australia survey, more than 70 per cent of people believed discrimination towards people with dementia is common or very common.

This week, we encourage you to act and learn more – about how words, behaviour and responses can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

Find out how a little support really can make a big difference to someone’s life: