Ita Buttrose: Common decency and respect costs nothing. 2013 Australian of the Year and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose, has released a report, Quality of Residential Care: The Consumer Perspective, which calls for urgent action to improve the quality of residential aged care.
The commitment of an additional $200 million over five years for dementia research by the Abbott Government promises a new era in dementia research in Australia, says Ita Buttrose. Speaking at tonight’s National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) dinner, Ms Buttrose, Australian of the Year and National President of Alzheimer’s Australia said: “The decision to commit additional funding is an encouraging step forward in Australia’s effort to ultimately beat dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia has today called on the Government to do more to protect the legal and human rights of nursing home residents, after new research reported in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed that up to 70% of residents are being given potentially dangerous antipsychotic or sedative medication.
A policy brief launched today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has reported that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 (66 million) and 135 million by 2050 (115 million).
Dementia Australia’s National President, Ita Buttrose, has been honoured by being named Australian of the Year.
The CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, Glenn Rees, said: “We are all delighted at Alzheimer’s Australia that Ita has been recognised for her immense contributions to the Australian community.
“This evening’s announcement should be seen as a big thank you from all of Australia for all she has done,” Mr Rees said.
Ms Buttrose has been awarded the honour for her groundbreaking media career and the commitment she has made to championing medical education and health care.
With the rapid increase in the number of people living with dementia, older couples are facing separation due to their differing care needs. Not so for one couple, who are still together after 70 years of marriage, despite one being affected by this devastating condition.
When Phyllis Hodges was hit by a car while out walking, it was ‘touch and go’ as to whether she would survive her injuries, and she was hospitalised for three months. During this time, her husband John, who lives with dementia, was left without a carer, and so he moved into residential care at Amana Living Lesmurdie (Parry House).
Thankfully, Phyllis made a good recovery and, after being discharged, her care needs were assessed. It was determined that she required low level care, and so she was also accepted into the Amana Living care facility, where she could be close to John. Phyllis and John are now preparing to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in their new home on 23 January 2013.