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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and dementia

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Find out more about dementia and how it affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Mark Wenitong, one of Australia's longest standing and respected indigenous doctors.

Who is at risk of dementia? - Dr Mark Wenitong advice

There are many risk factors that can lead to dementia however some of them are more prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Watch the video below and find out about the common risk factors.


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Early signs of dementia - Dr Mark Wenitong advice

It is important to recognise the early signs of dementia so that support can be provided as soon as possible. The Aboriginal Medical Services can provide assistance through translation services and an understanding of cultural issues and background. The video below highlights some of the signs to look out for.


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How is dementia diagnosed? - Dr Mark Wenitong advice

Along with a full examination, a doctor will also do a questionnaire called KICA which is a mental-state examination made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The video below highlights how dementia is diagnosed and what can happen next.


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Dementia help and support - Dr Mark Wenitong advice

There are a number of places to get help and support for people with Dementia. The Aboriginal Medical Service can provide primary health care and understand cultural issues. Watch the video below and find out what support is available.


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Last reviewed: January 2016

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