6 Dementia Blogs and Websites Worth Reading
If you live with or care for someone with dementia, it helps to know you are not alone. We’ve complied a list of our top 6 dementia blogs and websites that offer support for people with dementia, their carers and those struggling with mental health.
Here’s our top 6 inspiring reads:
Dementia Australia is a great place to find all you need to know about dementia. It offers information about dementia, including the disease’s causes and symptoms. It also offers easy-to-read help sheets designed to provide advice and practical strategies for dementia care. The site provides personal stories of people with dementia, the latest research and offers ways to get involved, such as donating money or volunteering. If you need to talk to someone, you can also access their counselling services.
One of the dementia blogs you can’t miss out on is Kate Swaffer, awarded Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2017. Diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) at just 49 years of age, Kate was told to drop everything and prepare for life in a nursing home. Instead, she continued studying and co-found Dementia Alliance International, a charity dedicated to providing support and dementia advocacy for people all around the world. Her dementia blog offers insights into her dementia journey and her belief that people with dementia can still lead rich and fulfilling lives.
The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of people caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease. They aim to provide support, advocacy and research into Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among older adults. The Alzheimer’s Association is full of helpful resources, such as 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the latest research into Alzheimer’s and help and support for those living with or caring for those with Alzheimer’s. They also provide ways to get involved in advocacy, or find a support group near you to help you on your journey.
Beyond Blue is a website specifically for mental health, but worth mentioning as a support for people travelling their journey with dementia. Beyond Blue has specific resources for older people, with their Life Starts at Sixty page, promoting positive aging for older Australians and sharing inspiring stories of older people who overcame mental health challenges. Beyond Blue’s Find a Professional page provides a way to quickly access the heath professionals you need, whether it be a psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist or a social worker. They also offer immediate support for anyone facing a crisis.
AlzAuthors is a beautiful resource for people to find books, memoirs and dementia blogs, written by people with Alzheimer’s or those caring for people with Alzheimer’s. Their aim is to share hundreds of inspirational stories covering all Alzheimer’s and dementia stages. Their alzblogs provide real-life experiences of people on their Alzheimer’s journey and their bookstore provides a quick and easy way to find and buy a book about Alzheimer’s disease or dementia care. AlzAuthors has also compiled a helpful list of online resources for living with dementia, caring for family and practical caregiver guides.
Which me am I today?
In 2014, Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with young onset dementia at the age of 58. She started her personal blog as a way of capturing her thoughts before they were lost. Now, it’s a way of sharing her everyday reality and advocating for people with dementia: in her words, that “we still have a sense of humour; we still have feelings … we still have a substantial contribution to make.” Wendy has also written a best-selling memoir, Somebody I Used to Know, which is a Sunday Times Best Seller.
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