Letter: Help people with dementia feel less alone

A survey released by Alzheimer’s Australia titled Dementia and the Impact of Stigma has found people living with dementia and their carers often experience embarrassing situations, feel socially disconnected and less competent.

The same survey also found one in two members of the public is frustrated by their lack of understanding about dementia and want to know more.

During Dementia Awareness Month this September, Alzheimer’s Australia is raising awareness and understanding of dementia so people living with the condition can be better supported to feel less isolated and alone.

There are more than 413,000 Australians living with dementia and an estimated 1.2 million people involved in their care. In the Myall Lakes state electorate there is estimated to be 2300 people living with dementia, which is expected to increase to an estimated 2850 people by 2025 and 4700 by 2056.

The survey can be found online at fightdementia.org.au. I encourage your readers to find out more about dementia through our website or if they have any questions or concerns to call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.


Maree McCabe

CEO Alzheimer’s Australia