Dementia Awareness Week 16 - 22 September

Dementia Awareness Week 16 - 22 September

This week is Dementia Awareness Week, from 16 - 22 September, with World Alzheimers Day on 21 September.

The theme this year is Brain Health: Making the Connections. This theme gives organisations and individuals an opportunity to get involved in promoting brain-healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection and raising awareness of dementia.

A common question is often: what is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

According to Dementia News, dementia is an 'umbrella' term and describes a variety of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for between 50% and 70% of all dementias. However in many cases, particularly when symptoms first appear or when people are in their 80s or 90s, there are multiple pathologies that cause symptoms including Alzheimer's disease, vascular damage, and Lewy body disease.

For more information on dementia, please refer to the two newsletters listed on the right hand side of this page. You can also contact Wendy Morris, Aged Care Coordinator, at wmorris@nsml.com.au or phone 9477 8700.