Month to re­mem­ber

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

SEPTEM­BER is De­men­tia Aware­ness Month. Ac­cord­ing to Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia there are cur­rently 342,800 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in our coun­try. Three in 10 peo­ple over the age of 85 have de­men­tia and an es­ti­mated 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple are in­volved in the care of a per­son with de­men­tia. The af­fect of sup­port­ing a loved one with this dis­ease is life chang­ing, as it is for the per­son liv­ing with de­men­tia. Sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion are avail­able. It is through aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion that stig­mas are re­moved and com­mu­nity at­ti­tudes are changed, so that any­one who is im­pacted can still live a full and mean­ing­ful life. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit fight­de­men­ Cyn­thia Hoogstraten


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