A free resource to help doctors decrease the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication in people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia is now available.

The short film, Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications, has been developed in response to recent research which has found that antipsychotic medication, which can have serious side-effects, is used too frequently to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Speaking at the Blue Cross Extravaganza in Melbourne, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, Graeme Samuel AC, outlined to the aged care industry his three priorities for his term in the role: improving access to quality residential care, reducing the stigma attached to the condition, and increasing investment in dementia research.
Alzheimer’s Australia says that policies must be implemented now to reduce the risk of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians developing dementia, following research findings that they experience dementia at a rate three times higher than the general Australian population.

New figures show that social isolation is still one of the major issues associated with a diagnosis of dementia, a new report released today by Alzheimer’s Australia has found.

Bupa and Alzheimer's Disease International have joined together to launch this year's World Alzheimer's Report 'Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors'.
During National Science Week, Dementia Australia Dementia Research Foundation worked with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres to host a panel discussion on dementia research and how this research will help us advance towards a world without dementia.

A new guide to help communities become dementia-friendly, has already led to change in one NSW town, with the community of Port Macquarie coming together to make a number of small changes to improve the everyday lives of people living with dementia.

The booklet, A Guide to Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community, developed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, is based on an eight-step change management model. It outlines the practical changes, including dementia awareness information sessions for local council staff and the introduction of a dementia-friendly Men’s Shed project, that the Port Macquarie community has made to move closer towards being a dementia-friendly community.

Dianthus ‘Memories’, a perfumed plant with a pure white bloom was bred by Plants Management Australia to support dementia research, with $1 from the sale of each plant going to Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.

With more than 30,700 Western Australians now living with dementia, it is critical that the community gains a better understanding of the disease.

Western Sydney and coastal regions will be the areas in NSW most heavily impacted by dementia growth rates, dementia prevalence rates show.

The figures, prepared for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by Deloitte Access Economics, predict a big growth over the next 40 years in the number of people with dementia in NSW from an estimated 109,000 people in 2014 to 272,000 by 2050.

Glenda, Keith and Graeme, three Australians living with dementia, have said stigma surrounding dementia still exists in the community.
National iAward for Virtual Dementia Experience – ‘Serious games’ a Victorian education innovation in technology winner Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Virtual Dementia Experience at the Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre, Parkville has been awarded the national 2014 iAward in the Education Category.
The mandatory use of Personal Identification Number (PIN) at point of sale (POS) came into effect as of 1 August 2014.
The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton announced the first stage of the Australian Government’s $200 million ‘Boosting Dementia Research Initiative’, with a call for applications for new Dementia Research Team Grants. These grants are modelled on the NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, with the objective of bringing together high-profile, multidisciplinary research teams to address key dementia research priorities over a period of five years. The NHMRC expect to award five Dementia Research Team Grants at a total value of $32.5 million.

DVDs of the 2013/2014 public lecture series are available for members to loan from the AAWA library, or you can view them on-line via our YouTube channel.

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In a first of its kind, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will launch a toolkit to support an estimated one in five people with HIV who may be affected by treatable conditions of cognitive impairment or dementia at the AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 24 July.

Financial institutions including ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac will retain an option of sign only cards for people with special requirements including those with cognitive impairment, following the move to Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) as the required form of verification on all chipped Australian credit and debit cards from 1 August 2014. Alzheimer’s Australia National President Graeme Samuel AC said that he is pleased that although financial institutions believe that the use of a PIN is the more secure option, they have recognised the unique challenges of people with dementia and are offering an alternative form of verification to cater to their needs.

From 1 August 2014, all financial institutions and bank cards will be expanding the use of PIN at point of sale (POS) and phase-out the signature as a form of verification on all Australian credit and debit cards. This move is called the PINWise initiative. Many consumers have expressed concerns regarding the move to the mandatory use of PIN as it can create barriers to people living with dementia in going about daily activities such as shopping and banking.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has announced the appointment of Neil Samuel as Chair of the organisation’s Board of Directors. Mr Samuel, previously the Vice Chair, replaces Graeme Samuel AC whose resignation from the position follows his appointment as President of Alzheimer’s Australia.

Alzheimer’s Australia today announced the appointment of Graeme Samuel AC as the new National President of the organisation. Graeme Samuel was formerly Chair of the Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria Board and has been a member of the National Board for the past year.