There is an urgent need for the community to address the social impact of a dementia diagnosis on people with the disease, Ita Buttrose told guests at the inaugural Bring it to the Table event in Brisbane.
“People often talk about the implications of dementia on the health system, but it’s equally important to discuss “A survey in 2012 found that one in 10 people would avoid spending time with a person with dementia, and nearly half would be humiliated by a diagnosis. Just imagine how isolating that must feel for the person with dementia.the impact a diagnosis of dementia has on the
relationships, quality of life and community engagement of people living with dementia,” she said.
“It’s also not uncommon for the family of someone with dementia to feel grief at the loss of the relationship with the person they once knew, and sometimes even angry and frustrated at peoples’ reactions, as they try to cope with the difficult behaviours of the person with dementia.”
Ms Buttrose said the Bring it to the Table event marked the launch of one of Alzheimer’s Australia’s major fundraising initiatives for 2014. Similar events will be held throughout Australia during June and funds raised will go towards providing crucial support services for people with dementia, their family and carers.
“Community support for fundraisers such as Bring it to the Table helps to challenge the stigma associated with dementia by raising awareness and increasing social engagement of people with dementia in communities across Australia,” Ms Buttrose said.
“Alzheimer’s Australia’s aim is to create dementia-friendly communities – and a dementia-friendly Australia – that support people with dementia to enjoy a high quality of life in our communities with meaning, purpose and value.”
People are encouraged to host their own Bring it to the Table event. For more information, go to http://www.bringittothetable.com.au/
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