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What good dementia design looks like – A case study on Dementia Training Australia’s work with Scalabrini Village

DTA and Scalabrini Village case study profiled at Alzheimer’s International Conference in Chicago from Dementia Training Australia on Vimeo.


A case study on Dementia Training Australia’s work with Scalabrini Village is featured in the program Every Three Seconds, a collaboration between ADI and ITN Productions which highlights the fact that someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds.


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‘It’s Not a Disgrace, It’s Dementia’

Another great resource from Dementia Australia!

Media Release
June 2018 | Australia  – ‘It’s Not a Disgrace, It’s Dementia’ film released

Source: Dementia Australia

A new short film has been released for the Hindi-speaking community, designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition, and not a normal part of ageing.

This is the latest in an award-winning series of films aimed at a number of non-English speaking communities in Australia to help de-stigmatise and promote awareness of the condition. The film was developed to help dispel myths and educate the community about the condition.

The film provides up-to-date information on dementia through interviews with Hindi-Australian doctors, carers, counsellors and the stories of the friends, families and carers of people diagnosed with dementia.

Dementia Australia counsellor Vandita Nijhawan said in the Indian community there can be shame when talking about things that happen within the house to outsiders, particularly when it affects the brain.

“Dementia is nothing to be ashamed of. I encourage people to use the free services available through Dementia Australia, which include translations of information about dementia,” Ms Nijhawan said.

The video reassures friends and families of those diagnosed with dementia that feelings of shame or embarrassment can be alleviated by understanding that dementia is a common disease, such as heart disease or high blood-pressure.

The documentary-style film, titled ‘It’s Not a Disgrace, It’s Dementia’, is available online at is external)

The ‘It’s Not a Disgrace It’s Dementia’ series of films are short and family-friendly, running at around 15 minutes in length. They are available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic, Serbian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Assyrian, Croatian and Ukrainian, each with English subtitles.

This latest film has been produced by Dementia Australia in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra. Dementia Australia would also like to thank Sri Om Care and the Australian-Indian Aged Care Support Holistic Association (AASHA) for their participation in the filming.

For more dementia resources in Hindi visit

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Channel NewsAsia: Forget me not 

A documentary on dementia by @Justinbratton6 featuring Alzheimers Disease Association in Singapore, touching on dementia environmental design.

The information provided by Justin Bratton is very informative especially on how Japan is coping with providing care for living with dementia and the programs that they have formulated such as dementia friendly caravan, dementia friendly malls, banks etc.

I love the intergenerational program with the older adults with dementia and the pre-school kids. It’s so lovely to see that sense of connection and a program that breaks the boundaries and stigma of dementia.


Untitled.png1 in 10 Singaporeans over 60 have dementia. This number is set to rise quickly. Are we prepared for the onslaught? Justin Bratton experiences what life is like when warped by dementia. He heads to Japan to find out how the entire country is being mobilized to create a dementia friendly nation.

Watch the video here: IT Figures S4 – Toggle