Dementia Australia has announced Dementia Action Week this year will be held from September 19-25.
The national campaign to raise awareness about dementia and inspire the community to learn more about how they can get involved, is planned each year around World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21.
The national peak body for people impacted by dementia is encouraging Australians to ‘save the date’ and register online to receive the digital information kit later in the year.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has encouraged all Australians to plan to support the national activities and save the dates in their calendars.
“Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people living with dementia is expected to grow from 487,500 Australians today to almost 1.1 million by 2058, with many more families, friends and carers impacted,” McCabe said.
“That’s why it’s so important we use this week to raise awareness, across all of Australia, of this disease and the discrimination we know people with dementia face every day.
“Dementia Action Week continues to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
“During Dementia Action Week we will provide information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted.”
In the coming months, Dementia Australia will release more information about Dementia Action Week, including resources for community organisations.
Individuals and groups can register their interest in these resources here.