Dementia Action Week 2022: 9 things you need to know about dementia

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Dementia Action Week 2022: 9 things you need to know about dementia

As of 2023, it was estimated that 411,100 Australians live with dementia and this number is set to double by 2058. 

Dementia Action Week 2022 will be held 19-25 September and includes World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 on 21 September. This year the campaign is called A little support makes a big difference.

Here are a few lesser known facts about dementia, as well as some things people can practise which have a positive impact on a person living with dementia.

What is dementia?

Dementia isn’t a singular disease but rather a collection of symptoms affecting the brain.

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Lewy body disease and Frontotemporal dementia, but it’s important to note that no two people experience dementia in the same way.

Warning signs of dementia include, but are not limited to, memory loss, confusion about time and place, problem-solving difficulties, changes in mood and personality as well as a decline in social skills, rational thinking and physical functioning.

Mable has dementia-trained support workers who are experienced in helping people to live well with dementia

Nine things you may not know about dementia  

Dementia is not part of the ageing process

People of any age can get dementia as it is caused by diseases that affect the brain. When it occurs in those younger than 65, it is called ‘younger onset dementia’, although it is most prevalent in those over 65 years. 

One in 10 people over age 65 and three in 10 over age 85 are living with dementia.   

Most people who have it live in the community

70% of those with dementia are living in the community – that is, they are not residing in residential care. With the right support in place, this may be an option for you or your loved one who has dementia. 

Find out how a dementia-trained support worker with Mable can help.

We need to end discrimination against people living with dementia

According to a survey by Dementia Australia, the majority of respondents with dementia (63%) believe discrimination against them is common or very common. And 73% of their family, friends and support workers also agreed, highlighting the need for more community awareness and understanding of cognitive conditions

An active and fulfilling life with dementia is possible

With the right support in place, those living with dementia can lead an active and engaged life for many years after their initial diagnoses. When a person is enabled to access the things that bring them joy – for instance going on outings – wellbeing is maintained. Independent support workers on Mable can play a significant role in making this happen.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia

There are over 100 different brain diseases which can lead to dementia. In Australia, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about two thirds of dementia cases (see FAQs). More women than men develop Alzheimer’s disease.

More support workers with dementia training are needed

According to projections in the Economic Cost of Dementia in Australia report, by 2036 over 362,930 support workers will be needed to assist those with dementia in the community. By 2056, this will be around 525,540. Support workers with dementia training will be even more in demand.

Medical advancements give hope

Research into the causes, treatment and risk reduction of dementia is happening all the time. While there is still no cure, scientists continue to make small breakthroughs which give hope. 

We need to reverse the social isolation problem

A Dementia Australia survey found 74% of people living with dementia said people no longer keep in touch with them like they used to. Encouraging friends of a person with dementia to pick up the phone is a simple way to help them stay socially connected.

You can also engage support workers through Mable to provide them with social support, companionship and assistance with community participation.

Carers need taking care of too

There are around 1.6 million people involved in supporting those with dementia. These include family members, such as a spouse, sibling or a child. It is important that these people are supported too, as carer burn out can lead to stress, fatigue and depression.

Through Mable, you can book respite support workers who can give carers a much-needed break.  

Ways to help a person with dementia

There are small yet effecting things we can all do that have a big impact on the life of the person:

Learn more about dementia and how you can use your home care package funding to book dementia support on Mable.


Dementia is a broad term for an array of symptoms which affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific brain disease and is a type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease will often first impact a person’s memory, thinking and reasoning skills and gets progressively worse over time.

If you have a loved family member living with dementia, you might be wondering if there is a hereditary risk to you or your children. While a strong genetic link has been found in some rare types of dementia, the majority of dementia is not inherited.