Wednesday 22 August 2018 2:20pm
September is Dementia Awareness Month, where Australians are encouraged to help improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers. Through improved awareness, people are encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.
This year’s theme is Small actions, Big Difference, highlighting the small actions people can take to create a big difference for people living with dementia, their families and carers. There are over 413,000 Australians of all ages currently living with dementia. Chances are you know someone living with dementia, it could be a family member or a friend. Living with dementia can create social isolation and can be very lonely; both for the person with dementia and for their carer.
ECH is a dementia friendly enterprise and strong advocate for Dementia Awareness Month. ECH offers tailored services such as the purpose-built Overnight Respite Centre at Henley Beach, continuous education and training for staff and dementia-specific strategies to communicate and engage more effectively with people living with dementia in an inclusive community.
The feature activity of Dementia Awareness Month is the Small actions Big difference Roadshow, featuring local Dementia Advocates, Dementia Australia Ambassadors and some of Australia's leading researchers. The Roadshow will be in Adelaide on 18 September
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