You’re Not Alone, Discussing Dementia
You’re Not Alone, Discussing Dementia, is an online resource for carers of people living with dementia. Produced by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, the series features people with dementia and carers talking about their experiences of living with the condition, along with expert advice from Alzheimer’s Australia NSW staff and Medical Advisor Professor Henry Brodaty about some of the most common issues faced by people living with the condition.
There are 10 episodes of the series, along with an Introduction:
- Episode 1: About Dementia – What is dementia? How is it different from normal ageing? What are some of common signs and tell-tale changes in people with dementia
- Episode 2: Getting a Diagnosis – If you are concerned about yourself or someone close to you, don’t ignore the signs and seek advice. It may not always be an easy road to diagnosis but there are many benefits to finding out early.
- Episode 3: Dealing with Change – The changes can be difficult to adjust to but there is help to support you through this time. Here are some tips from carers and people with dementia that may help you deal with that change.
- Episode 4: Changing Communication – Communication will change, and though it may be challenging, people with dementia can still communicate. Here are some handy tips to help you work toward alternative solutions.
- Episode 5: Dementia Can Happen At Any Age – Dementia can affect younger people too. People under the age of 65 with Younger Onset Dementia can often face very different challenges to the older generations.
- Episode 6: Losing the Dreaming – Dementia doesn’t discriminate – it can affect people from all communities. It is important to know that there is support available that can help you through these challenging times.
- Episode 7: Looking After Yourself – Caring for yourself can lead to better care for the person with dementia. It’s not selfish, it’s just good sense. Here are some simple tips to help you look after yourself.
- Episode 8: Reaching Out – Two of the most common things we hear people say are: I didn’t know what help was out there and I didn’t know what to expect after the diagnosis. Here is some information about how reaching out can help you. You’re not alone, pick up the phone and call the National Dementia Helpline – 1800 100 500.
- Episode 9: Support – Getting connected is just a phone call away. Find out more about support services and how Alzheimer’s Australia can help you.
- Episode 10: Sharing the Care – As dementia progresses, determining care can be one of the most difficult decisions you may ever need to make. There are some things you may wish to consider when the time comes.
If you want to discuss any of the issues raised in this series, you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.