Dementia Awareness month –
Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation
1 September to 30 September
“A dementia-friendly nation is a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. This year we are highlighting the changes that people can make to work towards a dementia-friendly nation. They don’t have to be big changes, sometimes it is the small changes that make the biggest impact, it might be changes in the types of language that we use, talking to your staff about dementia, talking to your local MP about dementia, or keeping spaces clean and clear of clutter. As we are all on the ageing journey, some of us just further along that others, I will be supporting and attending some of the upcoming events in September this year.” …. Thanks to Alzheimers Australia
My first experience with dementia was over a decade ago with my mother Philomena. It was a time of lots of unknowns, particularly before we even understood what was happening to her.
For those of us who live until our 80’s, it looks like we have a 25% chance of developing dementia, so now might be a good time to support all research and efforts in this area:
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting up to 70% of all people with dementia.
- The biggest risk factor for having Alzheimer’s disease is increasing age, with 1 in 4 people over 85 having dementia