Following on from the announcements I made here about the South Australian dementia funding and services for people with dementia and their families, I am adding a number of links to articles released all over Australia about the cut in funding for services for people with younger onset dementia.
Apologies for this style of blog, but as I am currently travelling, I’m finding it hard to focus on writing them at all.
The first article is about a friend of mine and his wife living in Tasmania. John is an inaugural member of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Working Group.
Many of the people featured in these articles are also friends of mine, and are living the best lives possible, in spite of dementia, some good days, some bad days, and I am sure, like me, some downright ugly ones as well!
Cutting funding and services will negatively impact us all, and I am sure, in the long run, cost our governments and society far more.
Unfortunately, the journalists have not bothered to refer to the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Language guidelines, and many are continuing to refer to us as sufferers. I keep hoping, but won’t hold my breath… it seems respect for the language of disability is perfectly acceptable, but still not acceptable in the dementia sector. One would hope the media team at AA is at least requesting they refer to them?