Dementia Australia has launched a new campaign urging all Australians to take a pledge to help keep the world open for people living with dementia, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic, but every day.
COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives. Familiar routines have stopped, people are feeling disconnected and anxious, but for most of us, once the crisis has passed we will be able to reconnect with family and friends and get back to normal routines.
For people living with dementia, living in isolation can be a reality all day, every day even under usual circumstances.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the experience of living in self-isolation has been challenging and insightful for many Australians and it’s an experience we can all learn from.
“People not impacted by dementia are now experiencing what life can be like being socially isolated when the world is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms McCabe said.
“Imagine if this was every day. That’s why we are running this campaign now while people are more aware of what this experience feels like.
“Often, people stop talking to those living with dementia, staying in touch or inviting them to things. People living with dementia are often socially isolated all day, every day. That’s not dementia, that’s discrimination.
“We are asking all Australians to take the pledge and