Celebrities combine forces and voices to support people impacted by dementia, plus National Dementia Helpline now 24/7

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  • Aug 16, 2022

Celebrities combine forces and voices to support people impacted by dementia, plus National Dementia Helpline now 24/7

Celebrity supporters, ambassadors, Patron Ita Boutros AC OBE and a person living with dementia have joined forces and lent their voices to the audiobook version of Dementia Australia’s Dementia Guide.

“The Dementia Guide is an online resource for anyone affected by any form of dementia, at any age, anywhere across Australia,” Ms Boutros said.

“Speaking on behalf of the Voices team, I know we are all excited to be involved in the Dementia Guide audiobook to increase access to vital information about dementia and the support available.

Everyone who has shared their voice has had experience of dementia in their family and we have done this to raise awareness and help others know they are not alone and that support is available.

Dementia Australia ambassadors and spokespersons Natarsha Belling, Stephanie Bendixsen, Takaya Honda, Mark Seymour, Denis Walter OAM, Pat Welsh and celebrity supporters Rhonda Burchmore OAM and Geraldine Hickey wholeheartedly echo Ita’s words and enthusiastically support the project. do

Not just for people living with dementia, the Dementia Guide is also for friends, families and carers to find out about the impact dementia can have on a person, the treatment, support and services they may need. It talks about how loved ones can support.

Stephanie Bendixen, a video game critic and television host, said she added her voice to the audiobook because she saw the value in making it a more accessible resource for families, like her own, who need to navigate life with dementia.

“My mother passed away in 2018 from Alzheimer’s disease, and we really knew very little about dementia when she was diagnosed,” Ms Bendixsen said.

This made it difficult to understand why certain things were happening to him behaviorally, and we were trying to figure out what was really going on in his brain, how it was affecting his body, and how we could best care for him and my father. The main thing is to support. As a family

Resources like this are very valuable and access to them is even more valuable. Even though I consider myself a big reader – finding time to sit down and read a book can be difficult when you have a busy lifestyle. I switched to audiobooks years ago so I could absorb books while driving, walking the dog, doing chores – it was life changing. An easily accessible resource like this would have made an amazing difference to me and my family when we were dealing with how mom’s life and ours changed.

The audiobook includes a welcome from Marie McCabe AM, CEO of Dementia Australia, and a chapter recorded by Ann Pietsch, a dementia advocate and person living with dementia.

“I have been invited to read one of the chapters and personally I think the Dementia Guide is a valuable resource, making it available as an audio book is a great idea as it will now be easily accessible to more people living with dementia. They live, the caretakers, Mrs. Pitts said.

When she was first diagnosed with dementia, Ann talks about the value of a dementia guide in her personal situation.

I could effortlessly pass on the details of the audiobook to my children, family and friends, so they can learn about dementia and my particular dementia, and the issues I may face while living with dementia. Then, in their own time, they could listen to reliable information on dementia and use any of the sources.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said the Dementia Guide audiobook is an important addition to our suite of support services and resources, ensuring more people can access the support they need at the right time.

“Dementia Australia exists to empower people with dementia, their families and carers to understand dementia and manage their diagnosis based on their circumstances,” Ms McCabe said.

We are committed to increasing access to our services and the National Dementia Helpline, 1800 100 500, operated by Dementia Australia, is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If someone has dementia or mild cognitive impairment, or is concerned about cognitive changes in themselves or a loved one, Dementia Australia is here for them.

There is no cause too small, no issue too big, and no time too late. This is a game changer because no one should have to face dementia alone at any time of the day or night.

“The National Dementia Helpline and the Dementia Guide are both valuable and much-needed resources, especially as the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase from half a million Australians today to more than one million by 2058.”

“Sometimes there are scenarios that don’t require an emergency or a doctor’s response, or there are moments when we need to reach out and feel like we don’t want to burden others — during the night, early in the morning, or times when Family is busy or unavailable

“I think when caregivers or people with dementia find themselves in a moment of panic, or uncertainty, or confusion — it’s so hard to know where to turn first. A diagnosis of dementia can be a roadblock for many people. “O be scared and lonely – and this helpline will act as a beacon in the fog. This helpline is an invaluable resource and it means the world to many people to even know it’s there.”

Dementia Australia provides support and information to all Australians of all ages affected by dementia, including mild cognitive impairment, anywhere across Australia. Ongoing support and information is available at every stage before, during and after diagnosis. This includes support for people who are worried about changes in memory and thinking.

The National Dementia Helpline, staffed by a highly trained team, is a free 24/7 telephone service providing information and support for people with dementia, people concerned about changes in memory and thinking, people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) live, offers. , family, friends and carers of people with dementia and people who work in health and aged care.

By contacting Dementia Australia, you will have access to timely, reliable and specialist information, advice and a wide range of programs to support you and your family and friends to live well with dementia. The national 24/7 Dementia Helpline service is available by phone, email or through our online chat function. listen and

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