‘You are not alone’ – a vital message for the growing number of Australians diagnosed with dementia each year.
In 2022, there are an estimated 487,500 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to almost 1.1 million by 2058. Source: Dementia Australia
Early intervention just before and immediately after diagnosis is crucial for people with dementia and their families. “People need to know that they are not alone, that they can get support to remain autonomous and engaged, that they can slow the decline and reduce the impact of dementia.”
Evidence shows that activities that combine social, cognitive and physical activity are of the most benefit. That can include golf, lawn bowls, photography groups, walking groups and choirs – all activities provided and supported by ACH Group.
“These are all activities where you can talk to others and have some fun,” she says. “We know that the best thing you can do for a person with dementia is to lift their mood. When someone can no longer read, follow a movie, get organised to make dinner, they feel frustrated.”
Lenore says emotional wellbeing can improve a person’s quality of life.
“For family, seeing their partner or family member enjoy activities and come alive again gives them hope, a sense of peace, and it gives them a break, too.”
“We want people to know that they are not alone, that there are people who know about dementia and understand what they are going through.”
ACH Group offers a range of social groups and support for people living with dementia, their families and carers.