Help avail­able for de­men­tia pa­tients

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FEEDBACK -

NEW de­men­tia fig­ures for 2016 show more peo­ple than ever will be liv­ing with the con­di­tion this year.

In the Mt Druitt and Lon­don­derry state elec­torates there is es­ti­mated to be 1650 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia, which is ex­pected to in­crease to an es­ti­mated 2050 peo­ple by 2020 and 6100 by 2050.

De­men­tia can be a very iso­lat­ing, con­fus­ing, con­fronting and dif­fi­cult dis­ease to live with. But you are not alone and, with the right sup­port, you can live well with de­men­tia.

We en­cour­age your read­ers who have a di­ag­no­sis of de­men­tia to con­tact Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia NSW on the na­tional de­men­tia helpline on 1800 100 500.

Our pro­fes­sional and com­pas­sion­ate staff can talk to you about what is hap­pen­ing, give you ad­vice and strate­gies for how to man­age now and into the fu­ture, and can point you in the right di­rec­tion for fur­ther sup­port and other ser­vices – all for free.

There is also a great new web­site, Liv­ing Well with De­men­tia, which con­tains a whole range of in­for­ma­tion and tips on how to live well with de­men­tia. You can find it at liv­ing­well­with­de­men­tia.org.au. JOHN WATKINS, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, and PRO­FES­SOR HENRY BRODATY, med­i­cal ad­viser, Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia NSW

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