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The countdown to Christmas is on and for many of you this may mean you're seeing family members for the first time in a while.

You may have noticed some changes in your loved one's thinking, behaviour and or ability to perform everyday tasks. It may be the early signs of dementia or a progression of the condition (if your loved one already has a diagnosis).

This can be confronting, upsetting...
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Alzheimer's Australia Help Sheets | National

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If you have a question about dementia, we can give you more helpful answers than an Internet search ever will. Get advice tailored to your situation by calling our dementia experts on 1800 100 500.
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When Daisy began to play the piano, her grandad always sang along. They made a pact that one day, they would perform together on stage at the Sydney Opera House, but then dementia struck and everything changed.

After Daisy's grandad passed away, she honoured their pact by performing solo at the Opera House.

You can read Daisy's inspirational story on our website: [ Fightdementia.org.au Link ]

Alzheimer's Australia | Every day, people like Daisy watch as someone they love disappears before their eyes.

Six years ago, the Koori Growing Old Well Study identified Aboriginal Australians aged over 60 were three times more likely to develop dementia than the overall Australian population.

That same study, also identified Aboriginal Australians were more likely to develop dementia at a younger age than the remainder of the Australian population.

Today that remains the case, as the Koori Growing...
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Alzheimer's Australia | Koori Growing Old Well Study-II Begins

What is life like with younger onset dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65)?

Meet Rebecca, who lives independently with her little dog Jaime and finds the support of her Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker invaluable.

Continue reading Rebecca's story in Dementia News: [ Fightdementia.org.au Link ]

Alzheimer's Australia | Diagnosis not the end of the world for Rebecca

"Our hearts are bigger - that's exactly what's happened to us since Edie has been diagnosed. "Our hearts are bigger" so that's why we continue to be involved in advocating for people with dementia.

We want people out of their homes, we want people in the community and we want the community to be more patient and to be more welcoming.

Our hearts are bigger and we want people in the...
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In the regional city of Ballarat seven community members were invited to meet seven people with dementia to talk about life and dementia. The film shows the ...

UOW: University of Wollongong, Australia has launched an exciting UOW Research project and are inviting you to get involved in ‘ReThink Respite Online’.

The project, funded by an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation grant, aims to support carers of people living with dementia via an online education and support program.

It includes goal setting and motivation building...
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ReThink Respite Online - education and support program for carers of people with dementia | Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF)

Are you ready to be the change?

We're excited to announce Christine Bryden will be the key-note speaker for the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference in Melbourne next October.

Dr Alan Duffy will lead the #bethechange2017 charge as master of ceremonies.

Delegates are being called upon to ‘be the change’ that improves the quality of life and support of all...
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Alzheimers 2017

There are many types of support that allied health professionals can offer to enable people with dementia to continue to live well and enjoy life.

Have you considered talking to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker, audiologist, Chinese medicine practitioner, chiropractor, counsellor, dementia advisor or key worker, dental therapist, dental hygienist and oral health...
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Allies in Dementia Health Care Project | Agency for Clinical Innovation

"People in my position are much more vulnerable to dementia, and that's what I've relied on throughout my career and throughout my life - is my capacity to think straight. It's the fear of losing my sense of intelligence and responsiveness and sense of who you are."

This story speaks for itself. Award-winning journalist Liz Jackson's honest and raw account of life with Parkinson's and Lewy...
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ABC iview : Four Corners - A Sense Of Self

Our tireless ambassador Ita Buttrose AO OBE gave a rousing address at the National Press Club of Australia you can watch it here: [ Youtu.be Link ] or read her World Alzheimer's Day speech: [ Fightdementia.org.au Link ]
"Dementia stole from the kids their father and from me,
my husband," Lisa.

Bob was diagnosed with dementia at 47, this will be the first Christmas without Bob for Lisa, their three children and two grandchildren, Bob passed away earlier this year - at 53.

You can read Lisa's full story on NeuRA - Neuroscience Research Australia's website.

If you need any support please phone the National...
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It's a thought-provoking one, the new Alzheimer's Research UK Christmas advert shows dementia can happen to anyone - even Santa.

What do you think of it?

If you would like to make a contribution to dementia research in Australia this Christmas, please consider the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation: [ Dementiaresearchfoundation.org.au Link ]

Santa Forgot from Alzheimer’s Research UK

Santa Forgot, narrated by Stephen Fry, imagines a world where Santa is living with the effects of dementia and no longer visits children on Christmas Eve. Bu...

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with dementia - what level of care would you expect?

The long-awaited follow up to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC)'s Clinical Practice Guidelines, the Consumer Companion Guide is now available for download.

The first of its kind guide, developed with consumer input, sets out the level of care...
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Alzheimer's Australia | Consumer Companion Guide

About 50% of people with Alzheimer's Disease experience symptoms of depression. Unfortunately, current antidepressant drug treatments may not be very helpful in improving their mood.

Do you have or know someone who has Alzheimer's disease and has been diagnosed with depression that would like to take part in The University of Melbourne Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age's RAPID...
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Randomised trial to improve the quality of life in people with dementia (RAPID) | Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF)

One weekend Gary went to visit (his neighbour Jean, who'd had a stroke) and found her parked in front of a sports program. She’d been there three interminable hours, unable to move – and she hated sport.

So Brisbane Community Radio General Manager Gary Thorpe did something about it. He began radio staion 4MBS Classic FM Silver Memories for residents like Jean.

Beautiful story in the Daily...
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Musical memories bring nursing home smiles