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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
Research www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Summer 2010 11 Key recommendations 1 National dementia awareness campaign: Australian Government to develop and fund a national dementia awareness campaign to increase understanding of dementia and to decrease stigma. 2 Social inclusion initiatives: Australian and NSW Governments to fund social inclusion initiatives such as leisure and access programs that recognise the retained abilities of people with dementia and enable them and their carers to participate in mainstream community life. 3 Legislated dementia care standards: Australian Government to amend aged care legislation to include enforceable quality dementia care standards, such as those developed by Alzheimer's Australia, which can be applied across aged care services. 4 Early diagnosis and timely referral: Australian and NSW Governments to fund programs for early diagnosis and timely referral to dementia support services to avoid the impact stigma has in delaying access to diagnosis and medical support. 5 Dementia-specific education and training: Australian and NSW Governments to fund and support dementia-specific education and training for all personnel working in dementia care services to reduce prejudice and stereotyping among dementia care workers. 6 Further social research: Australian Government to invest in further social research into the effect of stigma on the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and families. Increasing awareness Many people with dementia interviewed as part of the survey believe the community needs to recognise that a person in the early stages of dementia still retains many of the abilities that allow them to participate meaningfully in everyday life. "People with dementia can continue to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life and should be encouraged and supported to continue to participate in mainstream community life," said John. An estimated 257,000 Australians currently live with dementia, and, without a significant medical breakthrough, this figure is expected to soar to almost one million by 2050. "There is an urgent need for a national dementia awareness campaign to increase understanding of dementia and to decrease stigma," John said. "The number of people with dementia is only going to increase and, as physical disability has been increasingly integrated into mainstream society, so too should dementia." Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person's cognitive ability. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. Addressing the Stigma Associated with Dementia was launched at the start of Dementia Awareness Week 2010, which ran from 16-26 September. Dementia Awareness Week is supported by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW, and Home and Community Care (HACC). TELLINGOFF SCAB UENOOOHE BEARD DARTBOARD S ESEESC MANXCATS DWELL DE VEI O INSPIRE ELEGANT SOC NLH SUPREME LATRINE I CNE ES MISER VIGILANT IIEEIA S LIZTAYLOR REFIT AEMOOVAU ROSE OPENHANDED Solution to crossword on page 24 61% of survey respondents do not believe the general public has an understanding of dementia Dementia Awareness Week banners in College St, Sydney
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