Learn About Dementia In Your Own Language

15:13' 16-07-2018
Dementia, the deterioration of mental ability with age, affects more than 400,000 Australians. It is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and the third leading cause of all disability.

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    Although it mostly affects people over 65 years of age, dementia can be found in younger people, for a variety of reasons. The causes are not fully understood.

    As well as affecting nearly half a million Australians directly, it also affects around a quarter of a million people who must care for those suffering from dementia.

    The Dementia Australia website (www.dementia.org.au) provides information about the different forms of dementia, how to recognise symptoms of dementia, and what can be done about it.

    Now Dementia Australia has released a series of new dementia help sheets, which are available in most of the languages used in the Australian community. Asian languages include Japanese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai. They are also available in most European languages, as well as Arabic and Hindi.

    The help sheets aim to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, living with dementia. By 2020, it is estimated that around 30% of the population aged 65 years and above will be from CALD backgrounds.

    The help sheets are free to download at www.dementia.org.au/languages.

    For more information on culturally appropriate resources, please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. There is access to an interpreter service.

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