Supporting people living with dementia

Support when living with dementia

With almost half a million people living with dementia in Australia, and another 1.6 million people involved in their care, it is likely that we are all impacted in some way.

Dementia Action week is an initiative by Dementia Australia to put a spotlight on how to support a person living with dementia. Understanding the experience of dementia, and making a few changes can have a beneficial impact on the person’s quality of life and help them to live more independently.

Visit Dementia Australia’s website at for information and useful tools. And talk to us about the financial aspects of accessing care.

Home Life

People living with dementia often have different sensory perceptions, and their immediate environment can have a large impact on their wellbeing and quality of life.

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It can be easy to assume that people living with dementia need help with everything – but that’s not the case.

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With the many stresses and electronic distractions of today’s world, really listening and giving your full attention to anyone can be a challenge. But practicing good listening skills and paying attention can make a big difference for people living with dementia to feel heard and socially included.

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Be respectful

It is important to be respectful to people living with dementia. Respect that the person is still the same person, but with different abilities to before. This tip includes ways to respectfully communicate with someone living with dementia.

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Clever technology

There are many technological aids and devices available that can make things easier for people living with dementia.

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Just because someone lives with dementia doesn’t mean they can’t have an active and independent social life. Focus on the abilities and strengths of the person, not what they can’t do. Value the contributions they make and keep them included where they would like to be.

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Keeping physically fit and mentally engaged can help people remain connected and live well with dementia. If you know someone with dementia who finds it hard to exercise and maintain healthy habits on their own, you can help them stay fit and active.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everyone’s lives. People are feeling disconnected and anxious. Familiar routines have stopped and these changes can impact the moods, behaviours and health of people living with dementia.

Download Tips for carers, families and friends of people living with dementia

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