Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year throughout September. As part of this awareness, the organisation encourages individuals and organisations to become a Dementia Friend.
The Dementia Friends program is an informative online resource available to anyone interested in knowing more about dementia. The goal of the program is for a person to be empowered to do small, everyday things that can make a big difference to a person living with dementia.
People living with dementia can find it challenging to participate actively in the community. This is 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 that found people living with dementia reported that they often experience embarrassing situations, feel strongly disconnected, and sometimes feel useless.
By becoming a Dementia Friend, and increasing your awareness of dementia impacts, you can help a family member, friend, or even co-worker living with dementia feel accepted, included and involved. With compassion and understanding, you can positively change the life of someone living with dementia.
The great news is that anyone can become a Dementia Friend. Already thousands of people, from politicians to businesses and individuals have signed up and pledged their support for people with dementia.
To find out more about dementia and the impact it has in Australia, be sure to get in touch with the Dementia Australia team or browse their website. To learn about Seasons’ approach to dementia care within our communities, please feel free to get in touch with our team today.