September is National Dementia Awareness Month, a time where the world actively promotes current information about dementia in an attempt to educate people and raise awareness of its devastating impact on both the individual and those around them. Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common. Whilst it is more prevalent in people over the age of 65, anybody can develop dementia at any age.
Latest statistics show that more than 353,800 Australians are living with dementia and an estimated 1.2 million people are caring for a person with dementia. With dementia being the second leading cause of death in Australia and no cure in sight, there is an urgency for Australians to become more dementia aware.
At Northside our dementia education program for carers provides a variety of activities and formats to directly increase skills and knowledge for carers at differing stages of their caring journey. The benefits are individual and crucial as carers emphasise – ‘I can’t stress enough how beneficial the assistance I’ve received has [been], this is a new journey for me.’ And ‘Thank you for making courses available to people such as me. It certainly was of benefit in my caring role.’
During Dementia Awareness Month, Northside are continuing their dementia education programme with a series of workshops aimed at supporting carers to better cope with the demands of caring for a person with dementia.