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An estimated 425,000 Australians are living with dementia. It impacts the individual living with the condition as well as their loved ones who often provide the support and care.

Australians are encouraged to get involved in Dementia Awareness Month this September to help improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year throughout September. This year’s theme is Small actions Big difference.

For Dementia Awareness Month 2018, we are asking the community to pledge their support by becoming a Dementia Friend and make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers, through increased awareness and support.

People living with dementia can find it challenging to participate actively in the community due, in part, to a lack of knowledge or understanding of the condition among the general public and how it can impact people.

In fact, a recent survey by Dementia Australia found people living with dementia and their carers reported that they experience embarrassing situations, feel strongly disconnected, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless.

By becoming a Dementia Friend, and increasing your awareness of dementia and its impacts, you can help a family member, friend, neighbour or co-worker living with dementia feel accepted, included and involved.

Through the Dementia Friends program, we want to transform the way we think, act and talk about dementia. Dementia Australia’s Dementia Friends program is an informative online resource available to anyone interested in knowing more about dementia and being empowered to do small, everyday things that can make a big difference to a person living with dementia.

To become a Dementia Friend, head to dementiafriendly.org.au and watch three videos that explain dementia and feature interviews with people impacted by dementia.

Becoming a Dementia Friend makes you aware of the small, everyday actions you can do to support people living with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected within their own community. With compassion and understanding, you can positively change the life of someone living with dementia.

Anyone can become a Dementia Friend. Already thousands of people, including politicians, businesses, communities and individuals have signed up and pledged their support for people with dementia.

It starts with you. Head to dementiafriendly.org.au and start making a difference today.

The flagship activity of Dementia Awareness Month is the Small actions Big difference Roadshow, with key events across the country featuring Dementia Advocates, Dementia Australia Ambassadors and some of Australia’s leading researchers. Head to dementia.org.au to register for an event near you.

There will also be a number of local events throughout the country to raise awareness about dementia and encourage participants to become a Dementia Friend.

Be part of something special. Find out more about Dementia Awareness Month at dementia.org.au

Keep an eye on the Seasons blog for Dementia stories throughout the month of September. Sign up for the eNewsletter to get blogs delivered direct to your inbox.

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Dementia Australia represents over 425,000 Australians living with dementia and the estimated 1.2million Australians involved in their care. We advocate for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provide support services, education and information. Dementia Australia delivers national dementia programs and services funded by the Commonwealth, including the National Dementia Helpline, early intervention programs such Living with Dementia, the National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program, Dementia and Memory Community Centres, counselling, carer support groups, education for family carers, public awareness activities and a national resources program.