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What is Dementia?
Dementia occurs in an individual when there are a collection of related symptoms affecting the brain and it’s abilities including memory, thinking, understanding, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. This condition is most prevalent in those aged 65 and over, however, is not limited to this age. Dementia can also occur in people who may be in their 40s or 50s.
What are the signs?
Early on, the signs of dementia may be subtle and vague. However, some common symptoms may include:
- Personality changes
- Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks
- Progressive and frequent memory loss
- Apathy and withdrawal
Caring for someone with Dementia
Although there are medications that have been found to reduce dementia symptoms, there are currently no long-term cures for the condition. Support is vital for those living with dementia. Carers, family members and friends can have a significant impact and make a positive difference in managing the condition. However, it is also very important that carers are educated correctly about dementia and are aware of the most optimal ways to care for loved ones.
Caring for someone living with dementia can be challenging both emotionally and physically. If you’re someone caring for an individual with dementia, it is important to understand that there may be frequent changes in behaviour and personality that may not be anyone’s fault. We can support your journey.Get Support View Services
Dementia Education for Carers
Dementia education and training provides learning opportunities for carers and families of people with dementia, including carers and families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Your Side works with specialist training providers to deliver learning opportunities that increase your understanding of dementia and provides practical skills and knowledge for your caring role.
You can learn in interactive group workshops, seminar-style learning sessions, brochures and information packages, online resources, and as individualised, in-home learning sessions for older carers of a family member with advanced dementia.
Your Side NSW provides a range of dementia support services to help individuals living with dementia, their carers and families live a good life. Dementia support services include meal preparation, domestic assistance, personal care, home modification, and respite care. Call 1300 134 332 or enquire today to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable Customer Care Coordinators to find out more about Your Side’s dementia support services.Get Support View Services