Dementia Awareness Month is held from 1 September to 30 September nationwide. The theme for the month is You are not alone.
The aim of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. During this month, Alzheimers’ Australia is presenting a number of events and activities across all Australia. For more information, go to www.fightdementia.org.au.
Dementia is not a disease in itself, rather an “Umbrella term” which describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. The hallmark of dementia is the inability to carry out everyday activities as a consequence of diminished cognitive ability.
People affected with dementia are at increased risk of poor nutrition and dehydration, that can lead to frailty and illness.
Leading Nutrition’s dietitians are regularly involved in assisting and advising people with dementia, their carers and aged care staff regarding optimal eating, meal times and nutrition.
If you would like to know more or you feel you need help, speak to our dietitians on 1300 712 722 (national number) or contact us via this link.