There is 34,000 Western Australians living with dementia, with approximately 70% living at home and in our communities. With this number set to rise dramatically over the next 30 years responsive communities are going to be increasingly important. Dementia Awareness Month aims to raise community awareness of dementia to encourage the community to become involved and make a real difference to people living with dementia in their communities.
Many people with dementia report that they often feel stigmatised by the diagnosis and that friends, family, neighbours or businesses treat them differently or may shy away from contact with them. This year’s theme You Are Not Alone raises awareness of the stigma of dementia and encourages people living with dementia and their carers to reach out to the community for support.
A recent survey showed that fifty percent of Australians wanted to know more about how they could help a person with dementia, so during Dementia Awareness Month we are calling on communities to reach out to people with dementia in their community to let them know they are not alone. For those who want to find out how to do that, they can call 1800 100 500 and find out more about how they can support those living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s WA provides support for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their carers and families, and empowers and enables them to live well with dementia.
To find out more about the Services and Support available in Western Australia call 1300 66 77 88 or visit www.alzheimerswa.org.au