It’s Dementia Action Week and we understand that a dementia-friendly future is a future that is better for everyone in the community.

Dementia impacts close to half a million Australians and almost 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care. The number of people living with dementia is set to double in the next 25 years. With so many people impacted now and into the future, it’s vital we clear up some of the prevailing misconceptions about dementia.

People living with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives many years after diagnosis. Despite this, they often experience discrimination. In a Dementia Australia survey, more than 70 per cent of people believed discrimination towards people with dementia is common or very common.

Meet Jeano – Dementia Liaison and Lifestyle team member at Regis Blackburn in Victoria.

Jeano was the winner of the Outstanding Dementia Care award at the 2022 National Regis Care Awards.

Having worked in the Dementia Support Unit for nine years, Jeano’s kind and gentle nature is indicative of the love and respect she has for residents living with dementia. Providing a higher level of care is never a burden for Jeano, who treats all residents in her remit with respect and dignity.

Working in dementia care can be challenging and requires strength of mind and spirit, qualities which Jeano has in large quantities. When Jeano is around, residents are calm, happy and quick to participate in engaging and meaningful activities. She has a remarkable ability to motivate and inspire all those around her.

Jeano is also known for her brilliant one-on-one contact with individuals, which has been described as positive and uplifting. She is always respectful and considerate, offering residents more than just care but a shoulder to lean on and a reliable avenue of support.

Find out more about Dementia Action Week here.