Grief and trauma support for people impacted by dementia and COVID-19 welcomed
Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government to invest $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response Package which will help to ensure support is available for those affected by COVID-19 across the aged care sector.
Mental health needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers a focus for World Mental Health Day
On World Mental Health Day, Dementia Australia is calling on the federal government and the health and aged care sectors to ensure the mental health needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers are sufficiently met.
Dementia Australia takes top tech iAwards honours for Ted the AI Avatar
Dementia Australia and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) were yesterday jointly awarded the Victorian iAward in the Not-For-Profit and Community Solution of the Year category for, ‘Ted the AI Avatar Living with Dementia’.
Carers of people with dementia likely to experience similar discrimination
A Joint Position Statement issued by Carers Australia and Dementia Australia during National Carers Week has spoken about the discrimination faced, not only by people living with dementia, but also by their family and friend carers. ‘It is vital that the unpaid carers of people living with dementia are able to live a life free from discrimination,’ said Carers Australia CEO, Ms Liz Callaghan and Dementia Australia CEO, Ms Maree McCabe.
Dementia Australia welcomes Western Australia budget support of health
Dementia Australia has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s investment of $9.6 billion for health and mental health services in the state. The budget includes $306 million towards mental health services, $18.8 million towards the new 38 bed residential aged and palliative care facility in Carnarvon and $20.1 million to strengthen end of life care and to support implementation of voluntary assisted dying reforms.
Dementia Australia honoured as one of 2020 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies
Dementia Australia was today acknowledged with top 10 inclusion in the 2020 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies List for the tablet app, A Better Visit™. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was an honour to be recognised for the app which was designed to help families enjoy ‘a better visit’ with loved ones living with dementia.
Dementia Help Sheets to navigate COVID-19 now available in 38 languages
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia released four Help Sheets which have now been translated into 38 languages. The four Help Sheets outline tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers.
Dementia still not receiving the dedicated attention it deserves
An estimated 460,000 Australians are living with dementia. While Dementia Australia welcomes the $11.3 million for expert psychosocial supports, the lack of focus on dementia within a $115.5 billion budget in 2020–21 for health, aged care and sport, reveals that dementia is still not receiving the attention it deserves.
Virtual classrooms improve dementia education accessibility for aged care workers during COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dementia Australia has developed virtual classroom education for aged care workers, to equip staff with strategies and skills to provide quality care for people living with dementia. The courses, accessible from anywhere in Australia, are suitable for everyone involved in providing support for people living with dementia in residential aged care and community care.
Royal Commission COVID-19 report welcomed yet more needed for people living with dementia
Dementia Australia has welcomed a special report on the COVID-19 pandemic in aged care from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia has been and continues to be significant – this is deeply concerning.
Take time to support people living with dementia
Patience and taking time are simple measures that people can take to support those living with dementia to continue to live full and active lives. During Dementia Action Week (21-27 September) Dementia Australia is sharing tips to help people understand how they can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia.