The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million - a number that is set to double in the next 25 years - with an estimated 1.6 million people involved in their care.
In New South Wales there are an estimated 157,000 people living with dementia.
Many people living with dementia can continue to live well after their diagnosis, which is why the theme for Dementia Action Week 2021, 20 - 26 September, is 'A little support makes a big difference'.
The national awareness raising campaign will continue to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
This year Dementia Australia will provide information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted - and to help eliminate discrimination.
The good news is that a lot can be done to improve the experience for people living with dementia and carers.
To find out how you can make a difference please visit www.dementia.org.au.
Maree McCabe AM, CEO Dementia Australia
Phil Hazell, Chair Dementia Australia Advisory Committee