Dementia Awareness Month

You are not alone

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 was "You are not alone".

Find out about events and activities in your state or territory

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Select your region to see events in your local state or territory, or continue reading for a national overview of Dementia Awareness Month 2016.

Selfie Challenge

Dementia impacts all Australians and we all have a part to play in making our communities a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

Dementia Awareness Month Selfie Challenge Join us on World Alzheimer's Day, Wednesday 21 September, in a selfie challenge to let people know they are not alone if they are managing the impact of dementia.

Download your selfie card and find out more.

National speaking tour by Dr Ronald Petersen

September is Dementia Awareness Month in Australia.

Ron PetersenAlzheimer’s Australia has invited Dr Ronald Petersen M.D., Ph.D. to conduct a national speaking tour around the country to raise awareness about dementia in the community. Dr Petersen is a world leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and is the director of the US Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging.

Dr Petersen will visit Sydney - Monday 19 September, Brisbane - Tuesday 20 September, Melbourne - Thursday 22 September and Adelaide - Friday  23 September.

Dr Petersen will give the National Press Club address in Canberra on World Alzheimer's Day, Wednesday 21 September and be a guest panelist at the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Quality Dementia Care: What do we value? event.

Read more about Dr Ronald Petersen.

Guest Speaker Professor Maria Crotty

Professor Maria CrottyProfessor Maria Crotty BA, BMed, MPH, PhD, FAFRM (RACP), FAFPHM, FRACGP is a rehabilitation physician based in Adelaide who has a special interest in working with older people particularly those with dementia.

Read more about Professor Maria Crotty.

Professor Jacqueline CloseGuest Speaker Professor Jacqueline Close

Prof Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Read more about Professor Jaqueline Close 

Associate Professor Craig Whitehead

Guest Speaker Associate Professor Craig Whitehead

Associate Professor Craig Whitehead is a specialist in geriatric medicine.

Read more about Associate Professor Craig Whitehead 

Dementia and Loneliness Report

Alzheimer's Australia conducted the Dementia and Loneliness report, which found people with dementia and carers are significantly lonelier than the general population.

People are encouraged to find out more about dementia, during Dementia Awareness Month, and to increase their awareness and understanding of the condition so people living with dementia and their carers feel less isolated and alone.

Dementia and loneliness

Media kit

Communications and media toolkit

Media releases

International expert supports calls for urgent action on dementia
People with dementia the loneliest people in Australia
Dementia Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone