CARING HELP: The Dementia Unravelled Launch undergoes final preparations with committee member Rosemary Munroe, Blue Care multi-service manager Debra Boon, project coordinator Judy Mazzer and Wharoonga Age Care service manager Lorna Perrett.
CARING HELP: The Dementia Unravelled Launch undergoes final preparations with committee member Rosemary Munroe, Blue Care multi-service manager Debra Boon, project coordinator Judy Mazzer and Wharoonga Age Care service manager Lorna Perrett. Glen Porteous

Unravelling dementia during a workshop

FAMILIES and carers of loved ones' with dementia will be able to reach out in support of them with a special Dementia Unravelled Launch workshop.

Project coordinator Judy Mazzer said the workshop included educational activities, events for health and community service professionals, schools and young people and general community members.

"With so many people getting affected with dementia and an aging population we are working towards a dementia friendly community,” Judy said.

"It can be quite overwhelming at first when a loved one gets diagnosed with dementia and we want to let people know that there is support and services to help them.”

The statistics of dementia affecting Australian's are quite staggering.

According to Dementia Australia it is the second leading cause of death of Australians.

It contributes to 5.4 per cent of all deaths in males and 10.6 per cent of all deaths in females each year.

In 2016 dementia became the leading cause of death among Australian females, surpassing heart disease, which has been the leading cause of death for both males and females since the early 20th century.

Females account for 64.4 per cent of all dementia related deaths.

With an increasing ageing population, the cost of dementia will increase in both monetary and emotional value.

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 years or older) and the third leading cause of disability burden overall.

Dementia Unravelled committee member Rosemary Munroe said she was excited about opportunities for the community to embrace dementia.

Mrs Munroe's husband, Ean, had dementia and recently died.

"Dementia Unravelled involves education, entertainment, creative play and more,” she said.

"Caring for a person with dementia had its challenges as it could be isolating for both people.

"While the community was very accepting and welcoming, there were gains to be made.”

The Dementia Unravelled Launch is at the Biloela Anzac Memorial Club, March 28 at 5pm.

Afterwards there is a Family Carer Course on April 5 from 9.30am - 2.30am.

For more information or to book your place contact Dementia Australia on 1800 100 500.

The course will help with practical strategies for managing day-to-day needs of someone who cares for a sufferer of dementia.


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