CLCP Recognises Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week

A little support makes a big difference.  

Last week was Dementia Action Week, a national event with a focus on supporting and celebrating people living with dementia and their carers. Dementia is an umbrella term for loss of memory and other thinking abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life, and includes conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. There are more than 472,000 people diagnosed with dementia in Australia, and it is expected that this number will more than double by 2058. 

Our CLCP team were fortunate to have Annie and Geetika from Dementia Australia speak to us about people’s experience of dementia and the support services available to them.  Dementia Australia was founded by carers around 30 years ago, and is now the peak body for people impacted by dementia in Australia. While people with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives for many years after their diagnosis, they often experience discrimination and lack of support for themselves and their carers.  

Collaborating with Dementia Australia for the past five years has been a rewarding part of CLCP’s service delivery. We have worked with Dementia Australia’s ‘Living with Dementia’ program, which provides timely support for people who have been diagnosed and their carers. The program is run over 4 – 7 weeks exploring various topics that assist people to plan and have strong support systems in place, and includes topics on communication strategies, and financial and legal planning. You can find out more about this program here. 

If you need support for yourself or someone you care about, Dementia Australia has a number of free services available to assist people who are impacted by Dementia, including the National Dementia Hotline which operations from 8:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week: 1800 100 500. You can find more information on Dementia Australia’s services here.   

We recognise the difficult and complex legal situations those impacted by dementia face, and will continue providing community legal education and advice in this area. If you have a legal issue, you can contact us for legal assistance by completing our online form. 

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