Join the movement for change, become a Dementia Friend
THE pollies are being asked to lead the lead the way in joining the social movement Dementia Friends which is helping to transform the way we think, act and talk about dementia, but why wait for them.
We can all help out now by joining in the free, online education program which provides access to resources to increase awareness and knowledge of dementia.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Dementia Friends program was an exciting opportunity for community engagement.
"By taking 15 minutes to sign up to be a Dementia Friend, you will open the doors to a program that will empower people who live with dementia to stay and remain their community with the respect and dignity they deserve," Ms McCabe said.
"We now know from research that 70 per cent of people living with dementia are living in our communities, yet the majority feel a profound sense of isolation and lack of purpose due to the lack of awareness of dementia."
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM has put out the call all his ministerial colleagues. "I am challenging all parliamentarians - federal, state and territory - to sign up as a Dementia Friend today, to demonstrate support for the 425,000 Australians living with dementia and their families and carers," Minister Wyatt said.
"Going online and joining Dementia Australia's Dementia Friends program will help people understand more about this condition and how it affects the lives of so many people."
The Federal Government has put in "a significant part" of the $3.9 million national Dementia-Friendly Communities project.
The initiative was developed after consultation with people living with dementia, their families and carers and with a wide variety of cultural organisations.
Dementia Australia has built on the global movement in place in the United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, the USA and Canada. Those programs have inspired more than one million people to show their support and interest in finding out how they can make a difference to the lives of people impacted by dementia.
The Dementia Friends is at www.dementiafriendly.org.au.