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  • Dementia is the word used to describe the symptoms of illnesses that affect the brain. 
  • The most common dementias are Alzheimer’s disease and cardio-vascular dementia.
  • The National Dementia Helpline is an Australia-wide, confidential telephone information and support service that helps people with dementia, and their partners, carers and friends. 
  • The Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) is a specialist multidisciplinary diagnostic, referral and education service that helps people with memory loss, or changes to their thinking, and those who support them.
  • Other services can support people with dementia to remain living at home, such as the Home and Community Care (HACC) or Home Care programs.
  • If you are caring for someone with dementia, you can get free counselling, support and advice from Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and Carers Victoria. 
  • Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging. If you need or want to take a break from your care role, there are respite and support services and programs you can use.

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Reviewed on: 14-10-2015