Labor welcomes the start of Dementia Awareness Month, and calls on the Turnbull Liberal Government to show leadership in creating a dementia-friendly nation.
The theme for Dementia Awareness Month 2016 is ‘You are not alone’ and draws on the release of new research indicating that people living with dementia and their carers are among the loneliest in the country.
Sadly the diagnosis of dementia goes hand-in-hand with stigmas, social isolation and exclusion.
We must do more to encourage the community to better understand dementia so people living with dementia feel less isolated and alone.
A growing number of Australians are being impacted by dementia in one way or another - whether it be our loved ones, our neighbours, our friends or ourselves.
There are over 350,000 Australians living with dementia and more than 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia each week- it is not a future issue, it is here and now.
We need to look past the symptoms of dementia and create communities where people living with dementia, their families and carers feel supported, empowered and included in society.
The Turnbull Liberal Government should join Labor in backing and supporting an age-friendly and dementia-friendly community - something that Australia is well placed to lead.
Visit fightdementia.org.au to find out about Dementia Awareness Month activities happening in your state or territory.
For information, advice and support call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
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