New online dementia guide provides practical information

By Laini Bennett
Friday, 29 September, 2017

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A new, plain English guide to dementia is now available online.

Designed for people caring for or living with dementia, The Brain: Dementia includes information on types of dementia and their causes, risk factors including genetics and lifestyle choices, and diagnosing and living with dementia.

Dementia is Australia’s second largest killer; more than 400,000 Australians live with dementia and that number is expected to climb to 1.1 million by 2056.

Published by the Queensland Brain Institute in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia, the 24-page guide is a practical resource for those impacted by dementia.

“The publication is an essential resource for anyone living with or affected by dementia, one of society’s most pressing health problems,” Queensland Brain Institute Director Professor Pankaj Sah said.

“We explain the science behind dementia — its causes and risk factors — in an accessible and informative way.

“The publication includes profiles of prominent Australians including media legend Ita Buttrose, who shares her experience of caring for her father while he had vascular dementia.”

Television and radio presenter Rachel Corbett also opens up about her harrowing personal experience of her mother’s younger-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe discusses the national support services that the organisation provides, Professor Sah said.

The publication is the third issue in a series. The second issue, on learning and memory, was published earlier this year.

The Brain: Dementia, published on World Alzheimer’s Day, is available on the Queensland Brain Institute website.

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