WHAT: Dementia Action Week 2023 is from Monday 18 September to Sunday 24 September, which includes World Alzheimer’s Day on Thursday 21 September.
THEME: This year’s theme is ‘Act Now for a Dementia-Friendly Future’. Communities that take action to become more dementia-friendly have less fear and a greater understanding of dementia, as well as less stigma and discrimination of people living with dementia.
CALL TO ACTION: Find out more information and download toolkits to help businesses, organisations and local governments become more dementia-friendly www.dementia.org.au/dementia-action-week
SPOKESPEOPLE: Interviews are available with Dementia Australia representatives, Dementia Advocates, who are people with a living experience of dementia and Dementia Australia Honorary Medical Advisors. Images and video footage are also available on request.
What is Dementia Action Week?
Dementia Action Week is a major leadership, awareness and advocacy campaign led by Dementia Australia as the peak body for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Dementia Action Week 2023 is from 18-24 September, which includes World Alzheimer’s Day on Thursday 21 September.
Around two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community. A lack of knowledge and understanding of dementia may lead to people living with dementia experiencing stigma and discrimination in the community. This Dementia Action week, we’re encouraging everyone to act now to make our communities more dementia-friendly.
This Dementia Australia initiative received funding from the Australian Government.
Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated more than 400,000 Australians living with dementia, and the more than 1.5 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.
For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit dementia.org.au.