The number of Australians living with dementia is set to soar in the coming years.
As the group gets larger many people with dementia are finding their own way through memory loss, determined to let their own personalities shine through.
They are fighting what is now Australia’s second biggest killer, ahead of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, recent ABS data shows.
How can humour help balance out the despair living with this irreversible and debilitating brain disorder?
This week, Insight hears stories of sacrifice and success of people living with dementia and their loved one’s experience with this condition.
What's the best way to live with dementia?
- Presenter: Jenny Brockie Follow @jenbrockie
- Producer: Sara Nourizadeh Follow @SaraNourizadeh
- Associate Producer: Anna Watanabe Follow @Anna_Watanabe
- Associate Producer: Sarah Allely Follow @billiebites
Helplines and Useful Links
1800 200 422 between 8.00am and 8.00pm on weekdays and between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Saturdays. For emergency respite support call 1800 059 059
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
In 2011, there were an estimated 298,000 people with dementia. This number is expected to increase markedly over time, with projections suggesting it will reach around 400,000 by 2020 and 900,000 by 2050. Download the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report here.
Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive damage to the brain, resulting in problems with memory, cognition, social engagement, and, ultimately, a person’s ability to care for themselves. Click here to learn more.
Insight guest Kate says writing helps her create her own memory bank, keep tabs on life and remember who she really is.