Dementia Awareness Month

"You are not alone" Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". September is Dementia Awareness Month when we aim to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is presenting a number of events and activities across Victoria, and we would love the Moonee Valley Health and Fitness community to get involved. What is Dementia? Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. What Causes Dementia There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Who gets Dementia Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. What can be done to help? At present there is no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia. However, some medications [...]