Carers of Australians with Dementia to receive support through innovative new digital tool

My Dementia Companion receives $10,000 from Mable Community Grants to support the 1.6 million Australian carers impacted by dementia

Friends, families and carers of the 470,000 Australians living with dementia1 will soon have access to further support and knowledge sharing, thanks to funding by Mable Community Grants. 

My Dementia Companion is one of two grant recipients to receive funding as part of the Mable Community Grants inaugural program, launched last year by Mable, an online two-sided community for aged care and disability support. Both aim to promote independence for people with disability and older Australians. The innovative tech-lead organisation was chosen from over 80 entries to receive the grant to support advancements to the tool that arms carers of Australians living with dementia with practical tips and information.

My Dementia Companion is an easy to use online tool designed for the 1.6 million Australian carers supporting those living with dementia1 which optimises the experience of families using dementia support information to live well in our community. With a personalised experience for each unique user, My Dementia Companion intuitively provides bite-sized support videos and articles from experts and practical tips from other carers. 

Nan Yu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of My Dementia Companion, said: “One of the biggest challenges in dementia care is that the support information for families and carers can be overwhelming and as the disease has such a broad spectrum, it’s hard to find information suited to one’s journey. Thanks to the additional funding from Mable Community Grants, we can further enhance the My Dementia Companion tool to better help families and carers manage what can be a  challenging, hard to understand and isolating experience.”

More and more families in Australia are impacted by Dementia, the greatest cause of disability in older Australians and the third leading cause of disability burden overall1.  The Mable Community Grants judging panel recognises the need for more support programs that give families tools and information to prepare for and manage the changing dynamics that come with a Dementia diagnosis, to ensure recipients and their family members can continue to live fulfilling lives. 

Peter Scutt, CEO and Co-Founder of Mable, said: “Mable Community Grants was established to fund innovative projects that are focused on fostering true inclusivity within the community for older Australians and people with disability. My Dementia Companion delivers against this by enabling people with dementia to live full lives through targeted carer support.” 

The Mable Community Grants initiative was launched in 2020 and supports people and projects working toward improving independence and inclusion. The grants provide a platform for the community to be a catalyst for change they most want to see in society.

Click here to learn more about the Mable Community Grants initiative and its grants.

Click here to learn more about My Dementia Companion.