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Learn from dementia experts

1.4 Learn from dementia experts

Some people prefer to have as much information as possible, and others prefer to focus on what they need to know right now. Choose what information you need, and in what form.

Get trustworthy, up-to-date information

Some people prefer to have as much information as possible, and others prefer to focus on what they need to know right now. Choose what information you need, and in what form.

 

Read online materials about dementia

 

Read books about dementia

Dementia Australia has a library of books, e-books, and pamphlets written by people with dementia, researchers and health professionals. You can read some of these online, or they will loan them to you by post. Email: library@dementia.org.au or call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.

 

Watch a video or listen to a podcast about dementia

 

Talk to a dementia professional by phone

If you prefer to ask someone your questions rather than search online, Dementia Australia has a free 24-hour telephone helpline 1800 100 500. The helpline advisor can post you printed information if you ask.

Go to a support or education group

  • Support or education groups are another way to learn about dementia. They provide the opportunity to learn more about dementia, meet other people who are going through the same situation, and ask questions over time.
  • Visit or call Dementia Australia for information about local face-to-face support groups and educational events.

 

Learn from others with dementia

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is a collaboration of like-minded people living with dementia who provide a unified voice of strength, advocacy, and support in the fight for individual autonomy for people with dementia. DAI was established to provide education and awareness about dementia, to eradicate stigma and discrimination and to improve the quality of the lives of people with dementia. DAI is for people with dementia by people with dementia. They run online peer-to-peer support groups and host virtual cafes and educational webinars series for members around the world. Membership and services are free for people with dementia.

Contact Dementia Alliance International to join their online peer to peer support groups and cafes, and attend their educational webinars.

 

Do an online course about dementia

Some people want more detailed information about dementia. A bonus benefit of taking a course in dementia, is that learning improves brain health. People with dementia find online courses helpful and enjoy completing them. The courses are known as Massive Online Open Courses or ‘MOOCS’. MOOCS offer quality information and you can interact online with your lecturers and others doing the course. The University of Tasmania offers free, online 7-week courses about dementia, open to anyone.

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Ways you can learn more about dementia

  1. Read online information about dementia.
  2. Read books about dementia.
  3. Watch a video or listen to a podcast about dementia.
  4. Talk to a dementia professional on the phone: Dementia Australia Helpline 1800 100 500.
  5. Go to a support or education group.
  6. Learn from others with dementia.
  7. Do an online course about dementia.