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What is Dementia?

Dementia touches people in different ways and everyone will have a different experience depending on the type of dementia they have been diagnosed with.

There are many forms of Dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Vascular Dementia and Lewy Body disease are also very common.

Alzheimer’s Australia explains Dementia as “a collection of symptoms that are caused by a disorder affecting the brain”, impacting the way a person thinks, their behaviour and their ability to perform everyday tasks.

Those diagnosed with dementia will find carrying out every day activities becomes more difficult because of the changes that are occurring in their brain.

Nerve cells in the brain stop functioning in many types of dementia, and loose connections with other cells. The disease gradually spreads throughout the brain and over time symptoms become worse.

If you’d like to find out more about Blue Care’s services tailored to people living with Dementia, please call our team on 1300 258 322. If you have questions about Dementia, please contact Alzheimer’s Australia on 1800 100 500.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

This is the most common dementia accounting for around two thirds of cases. It is characterised by two abnormalities - amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, which stop communication between nerve cells and cause them to die.

Alzheimer’s Australia has a lot of information on Alzheimer’s disease, including information on symptoms. Click here or call them on 1800 100 500.

What is Vascular dementia?

This is caused by damage to the blood vessels, either by a single stroke or multiple mini strokes. Alzheimer’s Australia has more information on Vascular Dementia on their website or call 1800 100 500.

What is Lewy body disease?

This is caused by abnormal clumps of protein that develop inside the nerve cells. You can find out more information about Lewy Body Disease through the Alzheimer’s Australia. You can also call them on 1800 100 500.

What type of care should I get if I’m diagnosed with dementia?

There are a range of services that Blue Care can provide for you and your family which are delivered by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff who are trained to support people living with dementia and provide them with an excellent quality of life.

These include help with daily tasks around the home or out in the community, respite care and activities.

Many of our aged care homes offer 24 hour care in our Memory Support Units, designed specifically for people living with dementia where our team support the person to retain their independence and provide meaningful activities. To find out more about these services contact our Customer Service team on 1300 258 322.

Also, you can contact My Aged Care to discuss your options and they will arrange for someone to assess your care needs and discuss any financial arrangements if you wish to proceed with some services.

You can access support with Blue Care before you are assessed, or under urgent circumstances, your doctor can refer you to Blue Care.

Sometimes I forget things very easily, is this a normal part of ageing or do I have dementia?

Forgetting things such as your car keys, why you entered a room and a special occasion is a normal part of ageing. We all forget things from time to time and this can be for a number of reasons like feeling tired, feeling stressed, and other medical conditions. These should not be confused with dementia.

If you have concerns about your memory, contact your Doctor. Only a medical practitioner such as a General Practitioner or a Medical Specialist can diagnose dementia.

I have been to my Doctor and I have been referred to a specialist. The Doctor said I have dementia. Who can help me plan for the future?

We advise you to contact Alzheimer’s Australia – they have a National Dementia Helpline and can be contacted on 1800 100 500. They can provide helpful information to you and your family about living with dementia and point you in the right direction on what you may need to do next.

Who can I call to discuss dementia?

Alzheimer’s Australia’s National Dementia Helpline, 1800 100 500, is available between the hours of 09.00-17.00, Monday to Friday excluding national holidays.

A message bank service is available at all other times and your enquiry will be responded to the next day. You can also contact the help line by email:

More information on the help line can be sought on the Alzheimer’s Australia website on https://fightdementia.org.au/services/helpline

My mum is living with dementia. Will she be safe in a Blue Care aged care home?

We have accommodation specifically for people living with dementia. Our 24/7 care means your loved one is safe and secure at all times.

I have a loved one that has dementia. Can she move into an aged care home?

Yes. Blue Care has a number of aged care homes that have specialty services for people living with dementia. We know it is hard to watch a loved one living with dementia but at Blue Care there are a number of programs and activities that your loved one can be involved in to keep them engaged.

Blue Care is implementing the Montessori Environments model which inspires and promotes practices that sets us aside from traditional aged care homes. Montessori Environments challenges any pre-conditioned views and thoughts about ageing, and creates new ways of doing things that result in better care outcomes for resident/clients. Montessori environments provide residents with roles and activities that increase their independence and quality of life.

Blue Care has accommodation specifically for people living with dementia called Memory Support. Our 24/7 care means your loved one is cared for by highly trained staff who put their needs first at all times.