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Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. Founded by carers more than 35 years ago, today they are the national peak body for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Vision and mission

Dementia Australia advocates for positive change and supports vital research. They are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible.

They involve people impacted by dementia and their experiences  in Dementia Australia's activities and decision-making, to make sure they are representative of the diverse range of dementia experiences. Dementia Australia amplifies the voices of people impacted by dementia through advocating and sharing stories to help inform and inspire others.

How Dementia Australia can help

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)
  • Counselling support
  • Support for people recently diagnosed
  • Support for families and carers
  • Support for younger onset dementia
  • Post-diagnostic support
  • Public awareness campaigns and activities
  • National resources program

Information lines / help lines

  • National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 — The National Dementia Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Programs and apps and tools

  • Request an information kit — Free digital dementia information kit.
  • A Better Visit — Free app featuring a range of two-player games designed to enhance communication and facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.
  • Dementia-Friendly Home — An app that provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia.

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Last reviewed: May 2022

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Delirium and dementia

This Q&A sheet provides information about what delirium is, and, how it relates to people with dementia.

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Adapting your home

The physical environment can have a major impact on a person living with dementia.

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Pets and dementia | Dementia Australia

Pets are an important part of the life of many people. This Help Sheet discusses some of the benefits of pets for people with dementia.

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Think about your future | Dementia Australia

Step 1: Start to think about your future Thinking about the possibility of losing capacity to make decisions in the future is confronting for most of us. We often find it difficult to know where to get information and how to start conversations with loved ones about this issue. Alternatively, we may be ready to discuss what might happen in the future, but the people that we want to talk to about it are not comfortable having the conversation. This may include our family members, close friends, our GP or other healthcare workers.

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Information in other languages | Dementia Australia

Find resources translated into 38 languages including Arabic, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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Use of other therapeutic treatments | Dementia Australia

In addition to the various drugs approved for use in treating Alzheimer’s disease, there is considerable interest in the use of other treatment therapies. This page provides a brief summary of information about some of these. Because of the possibility of side effects and drug interactions, people are strongly advised to consult with their doctor if considering using any of these therapies. 

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How do I make a will? | Dementia Australia

This page provides a plain-English overview of the legal processes involved in planning ahead, as well as links to local information. To get advice about your individual circumstances it is recommended that you consult with one of the agencies referred to below or a legal practitioner.

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Memory changes | Dementia Australia

There is a difference between memory loss as a part of normal ageing and as a symptom of dementia. This information describes those differences and provides some tips on keeping your memory sharp. One of the main symptoms of dementia is memory loss.

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Memory loss | Dementia Australia

When we talk about memory loss, we often tend to associate it as a normal part of ageing. This section talks about memory loss associated with dementia and how it is not a part of normal ageing.

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Diagnosing dementia | Dementia Australia

Information about the early signs of dementia, the importance of early and correct diagnosis and the ways in which it is diagnosed. What are the early signs of dementia? The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary a great deal. Usually though, people first seem to notice that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events. Other common symptoms include: Confusion Personality change

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