Dementia is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, their behaviour and their ability to perform everyday tasks. There are more than 100 different causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia is more common in older people, although people under 65 can develop so called younger onset dementia. Learn about common dementia worries, how to prepare your home environment and caring for someone with dementia in this section.
Dementia — an overview
Dementia is a disease that affects one’s memory, thinking and behaviour. There is no cure but early intervention can improve quality of life.
Worried about your memory or dementia?
You might be worried that you or a family member has dementia. Learn the early signs of dementia and how to raise concerns with your doctor.
Dementia and the home environment
Making your home environment safe and comfortable for a person with dementia is very important. Check out these helpful resources.
Alzheimer's disease affects brain function, memory and behaviour. Learn about the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and how to delay its onset.
Younger onset dementia
People under 65 can develop younger onset dementia. Learn about planning, legal rights and respite care for people with early onset dementia.
Respite care for carers of people with dementia
Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding, but physically and emotionally tiring. Regular breaks from your caring role (respite) are vital.
Dementia and driving
Dementia can affect your memory, concentration, judgement and vision, which makes driving a car more difficult. Here's what you need to know.
Avoiding dementia discrimination: how to treat someone with dementia
To mark Dementia Action Week 2019, Australians are being urged to avoid unconscious discrimination against people with dementia. Check out these tips.