Brief to Recognize Dementia as a Disability
Just how deeply does dementia affect Australians? Is it just a personal issue or a social issue? Well, researchers are calling for more. They suggest that dementia be recognized as a disability to decrease the number of challenges dementia patients face on a daily basis and increase the care and services available.
One such expert is Dr. Miia Rahja, an occupational therapist and a research associate from Flinders University. Dr. Rahja, who was was recently awarded 2021 Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship, is developing a Health Policy Issues Brief focusing on programs to maintain the living standards of those with dementia.