Dementia

The Conversation: Nine things that can affect whether you get dementia – and what you can do about them

Dementia is by no means an inevitable result of ageing. In fact, one in three dementia cases can be prevented, according to new findings published in The Lancet.

For the report – the first for The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care – The Conversation have analysed a number of studies and developed a model showing how lifestyle changes, at different ages, can reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia.

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The Conversation: We’re creating our own visual map of what a ‘dementia-friendly community’ should look like

The release of an official “dementia atlas” for England – a visual map of living with dementia allows anyone to click on their own region and see how this fares compared to the average – is a good starting point for exploring regional differences in care. It includes the rates of diagnosis, emergency admissions to hospital, end-of-life care and dying where one wishes to.

One section on how dementia-friendly an area is compared to a national average is a measure of the number of people who have attended a dementia friends session, where those with dementia can learn about living with the condition. Read more @ The Conversation

The Conversation: What it’s really like to live with dementia

More than 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s roughly one person every three minute. At the moment, 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. This figure is set to rise to two million by 2051.

Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain that mainly affects older people – although is not a “normal” part of ageing. Of the 850 000 known cases of dementia in the UK, some 40,000 are aged under 65.

It is a collection of brain diseases – with Alzheimer’s the most common – and is not just about memory loss. Everyone experiences it differently, from behaviour change, to difficulty processing conversations, to confusion over everyday tasks – such as working out how to make a cup of tea. Read more @ The Conversation

Online dementia courses win export award (Community Care Review)

Two free online dementia courses run by the University of Tasmania which have proved popular in places as far flung as Botswana and Chile have taken out gongs at an an export awards ceremony.

Professor James Vickers (C) and colleagues from the Wicking Centre

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre was awarded top honours in the health and biotechnology category of the Tasmanian Export Awards for its free online courses which have been undertaken by 220,000 people from 185 countries.

The winning courses, ‘Understanding Dementia’ and ‘Preventing Dementia’, belong to a category of free online courses known as MOOCs – an acronym for Massive Open Online Course. Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda

Information on Dementia in English – Talking Book (English)

DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA: Support Pathways for People with Younger Onset Dementia

Dementia Australia – formerly Alzheimer’s Australia NSW – was funded by the NSW Family and Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care to develop the “Support Pathways for People with younger onset dementia: Referral and Service Options”.

This is a comprehensive guide to health, social, community, legal services and resources which could be useful for people with younger onset dementia.

The guide is divided into sections making it easier for people to locate the service they are after. It is equally useful for people with younger onset dementia, their families and carers and for members of the health and service professions.

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Preparing for a Natural Disaster: Carer Ready Guide

Everyone in Australia should prepare for natural disasters. If you are a carer of someone with dementia, you need to think carefully about how best to help them and protect both of you from harm.

The Carer Ready Guide can help you think about these issues. You should read the Carer Ready Guide when completing your Red Cross RediPlan.

TOOLKIT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS)

TOOLKIT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS

This toolkit is for people with younger onset dementia and their carer/s or support person. It provides information, advice and guidance to help you apply for the NDIS and prepare to develop an NDIS plan.

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