Home Health Unraveling dementia during a workshop

Unraveling dementia during a workshop

FAMILIES and carers of loved ones with dementia will be able to reach out in support of them with a special Dementia Unavelled Launch workshop.

Project coordinator Judy Mazzer said the workshop included educational activities, events for health and community service professionals, schools and young people and general community members.

"With so many people getting affected with dementia and an aging population we are working towards a friendly community," Judy said.

"It can be quite overwhelming at first when you loved one diagnosed with dementia and we want to let people know that there is support and services to help them."

The statistics of dementia affecting Australian's are quite staggering.

According to Dementia Australia it is the second leading cause of death of Australians.

It contributes to 5.4 per cent of all deaths and 10.6 per cent of all deaths in females each year.

In 2016 dementia became the leading cause of death among Australian females, surpassing heart disease, which has been leading cause of death for both males and females since the early 20th century.

Females account for 64.4 per cent of all dementia related deaths.

With an increasing aging population, the cost of dementia will increase both monetary and emotional value.

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 or older) and the third leading cause of disability burden overall.

Dementia Unraveled member committee Rosemary Munroe said she was excited about opportunities for the community to embrace dementia.

Mrs Munroe's husband, Ean, had dementia and recently died.

"Dementia Unraveled involves education, entertainment, creative play and more," she said.

"Caring for a person with dementia had its challenges as it could be isolating for both people.

"While the community was very accepting and welcoming, there were gains to be made."

The Dementia Unloaded Launch is at the Biloela Anzac Memorial Club, March 28 at 5pm.

Afterwards there is a Family Carer Course on April 5 from 9.30am – 2.30am.

For more information or to book your place contact Dementia Australia on 1800 100 500.

The course will help with practical strategies for managing day-to-day needs.

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