More than 200,000 Australians have been diagnosed with dementia and these numbers will more than double in the next 45 years. A new website, DementiaNet, offers practical information and support for families affected by the disease.
Barrister Michael d’Arbon, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, started the site when his family found available internet information confusing and impersonal. They wanted answers to simple questions, such as ‘Is dementia hereditary?’ and ‘Can I slow it down?’
DementiaNet has been researched through consultation with medical experts and carers, and offers interactive services such as a chat room, a gallery and a debate area, as well as a letterbox where people can submit anonymous questions to a qualified medical panel.
It’s an invaluable source for carers, who can read about what to look out for in a relative who may be developing symptoms of the disease and obtain advice about what to do throughout the course of the illness.