It’s not a disgrace - it’s dementia

A new resource for Italian communities, designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition, and not a normal part of ageing, is now available.


Susan McCarthy, the General Manager of Services at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, said the resource, which is in the form of a short video, addressed common myths and stigma around dementia and the importance for families to seek support within their local service network.


“If people recognise dementia as a distinct medical condition, they may be more encouraged to seek out advice, assessment and support,” Ms McCarthy said.


The video features carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts of their experience in their native Italian language, along with health professionals who talk about the condition. It also features English subtitles.


“The video is a family-friendly resource to help raise awareness of dementia, and what supports and services are available,” Ms McCarthy said.


The video is available at Dementia Australia’s YouTube channel. It is the latest in a larger award-winning series of language-specific short films made for non-English speaking communities. They include films for Spanish, Arabic, Serbian, Ukrainian, Cambodian, Croatian, Assyrian and Vietnamese-speaking communities. All have been made in collaboration with communities in NSW and all are freely available at Dementia Australia’s YouTube channel. The series won the NSW Health Excellence in Multicultural Film Communications Award.


The videos have been produced thanks to the Department of Health, and Ageing, Disability and Home Care. The videos were produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.