Labor welcomes the start of Dementia Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness of the second leading cause of death in Australia.
Alzheimer’s Australia should be commended on its strong and unrelenting advocacy for the more than 413,000 Australians living with dementia and the estimated 1.2 million people involved with their care.
Sadly people living with dementia, their carers and families often face social isolation and exclusion.
The theme for the month long awareness campaign is ‘You are not alone’ which encourages the community to better understand dementia, because all too often the diagnosis of dementia results in the falling away of friendships and relationships.
We need to look past the, often trivialised, symptoms of dementia and focus on supporting, empowering and including people living with dementia in our community.
Labor calls on all levels of government to work together to make dementia more than just a national priority on paper.
People living with dementia and their families cannot afford to wait any longer – the economic and social cost is just too great. It’s time for action from Prime Minister Turnbull.
During September a series of events around the country will be held to raise awareness of the support and services available for people living with dementia and their families and carers.
Visit www.fightdementia.org.au to find out about Dementia Awareness Month 2017.
HON JULIE COLLINS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN HELEN POLLEY SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER TO THE LEADER SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGEING SENATOR FOR TASMANIA SEPTEMBER IS DEMENTIA AWARENESS MONTH