Monday 4 September 2017 2:20pm
September is Dementia Awareness Month, where Australians are encouraged to develop a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. 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 You are not alone, referring to the 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.
If you know someone living with dementia, make sure they know you are there for them and let them know help is available to keep living their life well. Let them know that they are not alone.
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