Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is “You are not alone“.

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The aim of this theme is to encourage Australians to become aware of issues surrounding dementia, to have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia and to create more supportive communities for people with dementia.

According to Alzheimer’s Australia, more than 353,800 Australians are living with dementia. An estimated 1.2 million people are caring for a person with dementia including partners, carers, family members and friends.

Some of the people who attend Mangrove Mountain Union Church have personally experienced the pain of friends and relatives who have been affected by dementia; these folk deeply care about those individuals who are in such ‘discomfort’. They “are not alone”.

If you need further information about Dementia Awareness Month (or any other aspect of this insidious affliction) and how you can be involved:

  • Visit the Alzheimer’s Australia website.
  • Learn how to keep your brain healthy and to possibly reduce the risk of dementia, go to Your Brain Matters.
  • Raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia download the BrainyApp.