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Dementia carers are our heroes

There are currently over 2.65 million dementia carers across Australia who provide much-needed support to a family member or friend. This includes people who care for loved ones living with a dementia diagnosis. These carers make a huge difference in people’s lives, especially in recent times during a global pandemic, health crisis and city-wide lockdowns. [...]

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Your Dementia Care rights

If you are living with dementia, you deserve to have access to high quality care that maintains your dignity and helps you enjoy life to the full. But unfortunately this is not everyone’s experience, as we have seen from the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. What is in the Charter of [...]

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What is Younger Onset Dementia?

Younger onset dementia (also called early onset dementia) is when any form of dementia is diagnosed in someone who is below the age of 65. Dementia is a collection of symptoms that are caused by diseases affecting the brain. It is an umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions which cause a progressive decline in a person’s mental […]

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Dementia and disinhibited behaviours

When someone living with dementia starts showing disinhibited behaviours, it can be embarrassing and confusing – even distressing – for family and friends. It’s important to remember, though, that your loved one isn’t acting that way on purpose, and may not understand the impact of their behaviour. Here is some information to help you understand […]

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12 simple ways to boost your mood if you’re living with dementia

If you are living with dementia, it’s common to feel down from time to time. Luckily, there are lots of really simple things you can do to lift your mood. Here’s 12 scientifically-proven ways you can beat those blues away. 1. Listen to your favourite music Research shows that listening to music can help people […]

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Senior winter fire safety: what you need to know

As the weather cools down, now is the time that we start reaching for our electric blankets and pulling our heaters out of storage. While it’s important to stay warm in winter, we also need to make sure that we stay safe – and help protect our loved ones – from fires and burns. According […]

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Dementia and Wandering

Wandering is quite common amongst people living with dementia. While it is not a problem in itself (walking is great exercise with lots of mental health benefits) it can be worrying for carers and family members – especially if the person wanders to an unknown place and can’t find their way home. Common reasons for […]

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Why respite care matters

Caring for someone living with dementia is one of the most valuable unpaid jobs you can do. It can also be a tiring, stressful and overwhelming task, especially towards the end stage of the disease. If you don’t regularly take time out from your caring responsibilities, you may develop burnout: a state of emotional, mental […]

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Outstanding dementia care changes Perry’s life

Jim and Perry have been good mates since they were young. They went to school together, stayed in touch over the years, and shared many good times together. But in recent years, their friendship has taken a different turn. Jim is now helping to care for Perry, who is living with dementia. Perry was diagnosed […]

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Dementia and Anxiety

Anxiety is a common experience for people who are living with dementia. While some people may be able to share their feelings with their loved ones, for others, it may be difficult to express their concerns or even recognise that they are worried about something. In these cases, it is important that carers, family members […]

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Summer activities for people with dementia

Summer activities for people with dementia The warm weather is a great opportunity for people living with dementia to engage in activities they enjoy – as long as you stay safe and take the proper precautions when it comes to sun safety. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas to get you thinking! [...]

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How to have a dementia-friendly Christmas

How to have a dementia-friendly Christmas Getting the family together at Christmas time can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also present some difficulties for people living with dementia. The noise, extra people or change in routine can be an overwhelming experience and may cause additional anxiety. It is important to consider [...]

 

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