In 2020, there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to nearly 1.1 million by 2058.
The National Dementia Helpline is a free, federally funded service that provides information and advice to:
- people living with dementia
- people concerned about changes to memory and thinking
- people living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
- family, friends and carers of people living with dementia
- people who work in health and aged care.
In addition to sharing information and advice, the team can also:
- provide emotional support and guidance
- connect constituents to Dementia Australia and community support services and programs
- discuss government support, including My Aged Care, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Carer Gateway and Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS).
The National Dementia Helpline can be accessed via phone on 1800 100 500, webchat at dementia.org.au/helpline/webchat and email, email@example.com.