on the Thursday, December 19, 2019
The summer holidays are traditionally a time for families and friends to gather together but for people living with dementia, their families and carers, the time can be fun but challenging. To help make the most of the holidays, Dementia Australia has some tips to support people impacted by this disease.
Dementia is not a normal part of ageing and it can impact anyone at any age although it is more common in people over the age of 65 years.
If you are concerned about a loved one and their memory, please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. Similarly, if you have not seen a loved one living with dementia for some time, it’s best to be prepared for the possibility their condition may have changed.
Recognising emotional needs and seeking support during this period may reduce feelings of loss, loneliness and social isolation. Our trained advisors on the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500, can support you ahead of time.
There are approximately 447,000 Australians living with dementia and this number is expected to grow to almost 1.1 million by 2058. You are not alone. Dementia Australia is here to provide support.
Plan festivities with the person in mind
For those organising the gathering, whether it’s a family get together or a visit to the beach, make sure to consider the needs of the person living with dementia, including:
For more helpful tips, visit dementia.org.au or call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. The National Dementia Helpline is open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm, except public holidays.
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