Dementia: are men seeking the help that’s needed?

Of all the calls to the National Dementia Helpline, only one in five callers are men.

Mature man with dementia talking to wife

Of the estimated 353,800 people with dementia in Australia, about 40 per cent are men. However, only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men. This means that many men diagnosed with dementia or who care for someone with dementia are potentially missing out on important information and support.

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria CEO, Maree McCabe said, “Managing dementia is not easy.”

“But a phone call could really make all the difference. Our trained and professional staff can provide you with a wealth of information and access to a range of support services, no matter where you live across Victoria.

“Our staff are available to talk to you over the phone or online in a variety of ways.

“Take action and call today to access a range of information and support programs for managing what can be a very tough, challenging and, at times, lonely journey,” Ms McCabe added.

Rob Trinca, who lives with dementia, said the National Dementia Helpline advised him and his wife on how to tell their children about his diagnosis.

“It is a great place to start with any dementia-related question,” Mr Trinca said. "Talking with the National Dementia Helpline links you with others affected by dementia and professionals supporting people with dementia.”

The National Dementia Helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding public holidays. For support and information, call 1800 100 500 or send an email to



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    21st Apr 2016
    Same deal as prostate cancer. Blokes ignore the issue and women demand more money for their own issues despite the clear imbalance of dollars. Men only have themselves to blame but the gentler sex which is always crying about being discriminated against needs to sit up and take notice.
    21st Apr 2016
    Men are typically more reticent about health issues than women and women are more likely to judge their overall health to a lesser standard than men. As a consequence, women tend to consult medicos more frequently than men, which more than likely explains the anomaly in seeking help with health issues. Certainly not rocket science.

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