There are more than 413 100 Australians currently living with dementia and every day another 244 more people get diagnosed. Dementia is the second leading cause of death and the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians. At the moment, more than 200 000 people are needed to care for those with dementia. Clearly, this is an issue that affects many in our communities.

September is Dementia Awareness Month and its aim is to encourage Australians to have a better understanding of what it is like living with dementia. This year’s theme is You are not alone and there is a whole months worth of free events you can attend to learn more about it.

The highlight of the month will be the Dementia Awareness Month Public Lecture on September 13 at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. The international guest speaker is the renowned academic Professor Emeritus of Psychology Steven Sabat M.A., Ph.D. from Georgetown University in New York.

For the last 35 years, Dr Sabat has been studying the cognitive and social abilities of people with Alzheimer’s disease. His lecture will reflect on how people living with dementia can in fact make new memories and are actively breaking down stereotypes while being supported to take control of their lives.

Click here to register for the free Dementia Awareness Month Public Lecture on September 13 featuring Dr Sabat.

To find out more information about Alzheimer’s and dementia, or to find out what events are happening in your local area, go to the Alzheimer’s Australia website here.

Click here to see the NSW calendar of events for Dementia Awareness Month.

Click here to see Dr Sabat’s Brisbane, Canberra or Melbourne dates.