Dementia is a major health problem for Aboriginal people
A National Indigenous Dementia Strategy has been developed which will help agencies responsible to know how to deal with Aboriginal people with memory loss.
There are various support groups which assist with providing information and support to those suffering dementia:
- These groups are specifically designed for people in the early stage of dementia, together with a family member or friend.
- Initially, a 6-8 week group program is held (two hour sessions), one day a week.).
- Ongoing support groups are then offered (usually monthly).
- In each case two groups are conducted, one for people living with memory loss and the other for a family member or friend. People with memory loss can attend alone if they wish.
- In South Australia these groups are held in various metropolitan and country locations.
- Groups are free of charge.
- There are two Aboriginal Officers now available to help provide services to Aboriginal clients.
Information is available through
27 Conyngham Street
GLENSIDE SA 5065
PH: (08) 8372 2100
FAX: (08) 8338 3390
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & AGEING
Aged and Community Care Information Line
Freecall 1800 500 853
COMMONWEALTH CARELINK CENTRES
Freecall 1800 052 222
For financial assistance for carers PH: 132 717
For publications for carers of frail aged, ill or disabled persons
Kits are available from Alzheimers SA
Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol program (08) 8362 0395