Working with dementia in aged care

The number of people living with dementia in aged care is growing. Read about dementia and find resources to help you care for people living with it.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome caused by a number of underlying diseases, including Alzheimer’s. It can affect memory, thinking, behaviour, communication and a person’s ability to perform daily activities.

About 9% of Australians aged 65 and 30% of people aged 85 and over have dementia (2016). The number of Australians living with dementia is expected to reach almost 900,000 by 2050.

Caring for people living with dementia

We support carers of people living with dementia through the National Dementia Support Program.

Psychotropics in aged care

Psychotropics are sometimes prescribed to manage behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia. Evidence suggests that, for most people with dementia, use of these medications is not appropriate and can cause harm.

Dementia Support Australia has resources and support programs to help manage behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Dementia resources

Resources to help you in your work with dementia patients include:

Support to care for people living with dementia

Government programs to support you in your work with people living with dementia include:

Online dementia training is available through:

Last updated: 
22 January 2020
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