Dementia is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday tasks. It comes in many forms, greatly impacting individuals and their families and carers.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and accounts for about two-thirds of dementia cases. It causes a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, usually beginning with memory loss.
According to Dementia Australia, there are currently over 436,000 Australians living with dementia. An estimated 1.2 million people are caring for a person with dementia including partners, carers, family members and friends.
The number of people living with dementia is expected to rise to over 1 million people by 2056 without a cure.
Dementia is not restricted to older people – people in their 30s, 40s and 50s can get dementia too. In 2018, there were 25,000 Australians under 65 with dementia. This is expected to rise to over 42,000 by 2056 without a cure.
It affects more people than you think.
Dementia Awareness Month
September is Dementia Awareness Month, an initiative of Dementia Australia.
The theme for this year’s campaign is Dementia Friends. It encourages people to become aware of issues surrounding dementia, have a better understanding of what it’s like for a person to live with dementia and create more supportive communities for people with dementia.
World Alzheimer’s Day
Every year on 21 September, Alzheimer associations around the world unite to acknowledge World Alzheimer’s Day. The aim of the day is to make a difference for people with dementia, their families and carers worldwide.
Early warning signs of dementia
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary across individual patients.
The early signs of dementia include:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Repetitive behaviour
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Social isolation
- Confusion about time and place
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Loss of initiative
- Poor or decreased judgement
- Language problems
- Other behavioural changes.
Worried about dementia?
If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing dementia, please make a booking with us. We’re committed to helping patients of all ages in Pascoe Vale and the surrounding area.
Call us on 9304 0500 or make a booking on the HotDoc app.
- Find out how you can get involved in Dementia Awareness Month by visiting the Dementia Australia website.
- Download the Dementia Guide, an important resource for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia or has been impacted by the disease.
- Visit the Your Brain Matters website to learn how to keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of dementia.
- Download the BrainyApp developed to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
- Call Dementia Australia for information, support and advice on 1800 100 500 or the multi-lingual line on 131 450.
Source: Dementia Australia.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.