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Webinar: Rethinking the dementia diagnosis conversation

Health practitioners can improve communication of the dementia diagnosis and help set people with dementia on the right path forward.

Most people feel overwhelmed when first diagnosed with dementia. They despair of their future, lose hope and don’t know what to do next.

“In the past, people were told nothing could be done. They may have been given some medication, asked to return in six months, told to get their affairs in order and warned about driving. And that was it! Those days are over … or they should be! We can do a lot better,” said Professor Henry Brodaty, Project Leader and Co-Director of UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA).

“People with dementia can live positively for many years. There are treatment strategies and we need to spread the word and assist diagnosticians and other health workers to improve their practice. By working together, we can help set people newly diagnosed with dementia on a better path.”

On Wednesday 13th October at 5pm, the Forward with Dementia program was officially launched as part of a webinar ‘Re-thinking the dementia diagnostic conversation,’ with Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Lee-Fay Low. To view the webinar, please visit our YouTube Channel. You can also watch a 2-minute video on Communicating a Diagnosis of Dementia by Prof Brodaty.