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1.7 Learn from others leading meaningful lives

Learning how others have adjusted and moved forward with dementia give a sense of hope

For many people, meeting others living with dementia and their carers became a turning point in finding hope. They realised the person living with dementia and their carer were normal, regular people living their lives and adjusting to the ups and downs of dementia symptoms. Meeting and talking with other people having similar experiences helps you feel less alone.

Ways to ‘meet’ people living meaningful lives with dementia:

Ask your GP or the practice nurse about carer support groups in your area.


Learn from others

Meet other people who have been recently diagnosed with dementia through Dementia Australia, Dementia Alliance International or Professionals with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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 runs online peer-to-peer support groups, as well as hosting virtual cafes and educational webinars series for members around the world. Membership and services are free for people with dementia.


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Professionals with Alzheimer’s Disease (PALZ) is a support organisation established to ensure people from high-powered work environments with early stages of dementia, can participate within a socially and intellectually stimulating environment. PALZ runs groups in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.