The answer is dementia. 16 to 22 September is Dementia Action Week. The theme for Dementia Action Week is Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?
According to https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dementia-statistics some other disturbing facts about the condition are:
- It’s the second leading cause of death in Australia
- More than 400,000 people in Australia have dementia
- It is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 years
What is Dementia?
Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.
Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia.
St Vincent’s Free Diagnostic Service
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne has a Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) is a specialist diagnostic service for people over the age of 50 who are worried about memory loss or changes in their thinking.
We accept new referrals from medical and health professionals, family members, and individuals. The service is free. Click here for more information