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Alzheimer's Australia

 

Dementia is the broad term that describes the symptoms of sufferers who experience a progressive decline of their everyday ability affecting memory, intellect, rationality and social and physical functioning. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, accounting for up to 70% of all cases. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is far more common after the age of 65.


Alzheimer's Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information through a range of leading national programmes.

 

Find out more about their work and latest news at their official website here.

 

 


 

Glenys and John's Story


Glenys and John

"John has Younger Onset Dementia.  I was in a car accident myself and have a lot of physical pain and muscle issues. We went to a GP because I wanted a referral to a social worker as we were not coping as a family.  Instead, we walked out with a referral to a marriage guidance counsellor. I cried all night and I woke up the next morning and I knew that we desperately needed help in the household. I had a light bulb moment and I rang Alzheimer's Australia's hotline number.   That was the turning point in many ways for me. We had access to workshops, we had support, and we had a phone number that we could ring."


- Glenys Petrie, partner of John Quinn