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September is Dementia Awareness Month

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It's Dementia Awareness Month and this week is Dementia Action Week, including World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September. 

According to Dementia Australia, there is an estimated 447,000 people in Australia living with dementia, along with their families and carers. Many of these people are Catholic Healthcare residents, clients and patients receiving care and support by dedicated employees and families.

Figures show that without a medical breakthrough, the number of Australians living with dementia is projected to increase to almost 1.1 million by 2058. The increasing prevalence means there will not be anyone not impacted by dementia in some way.

To find out more and access resources on dementia - visit Dementia Australia.

We also have an article featured on the Catholic Healthcare website on how our Home Care workers are trained to support people with a dementia diagnosis and identify early signs of cognitive decline in those who have not been diagnosed:

And an article prepared by Associate Professor David Burke, Director of Older People's Mental Health Services at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney on Better Brain Health:

​Nobody chooses to have dementia but we can choose how we respond to the people in our lives and in our community who are living with dementia.