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Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia (formerly Alzheimer's Australia) is a unified, national peak body for people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It is the leading organisation providing a voice for people impacted by dementia.

Many of the services delivered by Dementia Australia are funded by the Australian Government and delivered across Australia in every state and territory.

Services include:

  • National Dementia Helpline (1800 100 500)
  • Early intervention programs such as the Living with Memory Loss program
  • National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program
  • Dementia Australia service centres
  • Counselling
  • Carer support groups
  • Education for family carers and workers
  • Public awareness activities
  • National resources program.

Dementia Australia has a strong consumer focus and is committed to achieving a dementia-friendly Australia, where people with dementia are supported to have a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

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Last reviewed: December 2017

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Dementia Australia | National Dementia Helpline

How do I contact the helpline? Call us now on 1800 100 500 Send us an email Chat online Ask us to call you back

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Dementia Australia | National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program

The National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program provides individualised information and support to improve the quality of life for people with younger onset dementia. This program expands on the National Dementia Support Program and is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services

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Dementia Australia | Talk to your doctor

During the process of having an assessment of memory loss or cognitive changes and determining a diagnosis, it is likely that you will have contact with medical specialists. In the longer term though, it is the family doctor who is usually the health professional providing on-going health care. This means that your doctors relationship with you and your family is critical. Your family members or others close to you are also likely to have involvement.

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Dementia Australia | Employment and dementia

Making employment decisions Being diagnosed with dementia means that there are a number of matters to consider in planning for the future. If you are still working, you will need to consider how dementia affects your working life and start thinking about changes that may be needed in the future. You may have already noticed the effects of dementia on your work. Some of the changes might include:

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Dementia Australia | Informing the person with dementia

Preparing for the diagnosis The person undergoing the assessment for dementia should be allowed to decide if they want to know if the diagnosis is confirmed. In general, if a person is aware that they are going for a diagnosis they will be able to make that choice. It is recommended that a person with dementia be told of their diagnosis. However, a person has a right not to know their diagnosis if that is their clear and informed preference.

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Dementia Australia | Drugs used to relieve behavioural & psychological symptoms of dementia

Avoid drugs unless they are really necessary Before any of the drugs mentioned on this page are prescribed it is essential to ensure that the person with dementia is physically healthy, comfortable and well cared for. Whenever possible, the person should be helped to lead an active life, with interesting and stimulating daily activities. Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia can often result from unreported pain, other illnesses, drug interactions and environmental factors.

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Dementia Australia | Tests used in diagnosing dementia

Assessment The first step towards a diagnosis is to talk to your doctor about your concerns. It is a good idea to take a close family member or friend along to help provide the doctor with all the information they need. It is also a good idea to take along a list of the memory and thinking changes that have been concerning you, including when you first noticed them and how often you notice them. You should also take a list of the medications you are taking or take your medications with you.

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Dementia Australia | Talking about your dementia

Anyone receiving a piece of news, whether good or bad, has to decide who with, and when to share the information. In some cases, these decisions may be very straightforward. However, when the news is a diagnosis of dementia it is common for people to spend a lot more time considering who among their family and friends to tell, and when.This page suggests some things to consider when talking about your diagnosis.

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Dementia Australia | First steps after diagnosis

You may have been wondering what is happening to you for some time now and have probably been worried and anxious about the changes you've noticed. This information is for you as you make adjustments and plan your next steps. Being diagnosed with dementia can be upsetting; however, for some people who have been worried about themselves for some time, the diagnosis can come as a relief.

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Dementia Australia | Talk to your doctor

During the process of having an assessment of memory loss or cognitive changes and determining a diagnosis, it is likely that you will have contact with medical specialists. In the longer term though, it is the family doctor who is usually the health professional providing on-going health care. This means that your doctors relationship with you and your family is critical. Your family members or others close to you are also likely to have involvement.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

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