There are more than 353,800 people in Australia currently living with dementia, with about 1.2 million people involved in the care of someone with dementia.
Of those people diagnosed with dementia, about 60 per cent are women, about 75 per cent are aged 75 years or older, and about 70 per cent live in the community (as opposed to aged care facilities).
Symposium co-ordinator and Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Nurse Practitioner Psychogeriatrics, Anne Moehead, said the guest speaker line-up was impressive and would provide a broad understanding of the challenges faced by people living with dementia.
“There are more than a dozen guest presenters over the two days covering a broad range of topics from caring for someone with a cognitive impairment to the introduction of social robots for people with dementia to the delicate topic of sexuality and dementia,” Ms Moehead said.
“We will also be holding two concurrent workshops looking at the experience of dementia as well as how to build memory bridges and how to establish care competency goals with dementia.”
The symposium is collaboration between the NNSW LHD and the Primary Health Network. It will be held at the Ballina RSL Club.