Alzheimer's Australia NSW launch third 'It's not a disgrace...it's dementia' film

14 June 2012 - Alzheimer's Australia NSW have launched the third short film produced as part of a series under the heading It's not a disgrace...it's dementia. The film, spoken in Khmer with English subtitles, centres on the Cambodian community and aims to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition and not a normal part of ageing.

This film follows others produced for Assyrian and Croatian communities, all of which are available on Alzheimer's Australia's YouTube channel.

The Hon. John Watkins, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, said the short films addressed myths and stigma about 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,' Mr Watkins said.

The short films feature carers of people living with dementia giving personal accounts, in their own language, of their experience, along with health professionals who talk about the condition.

The films have been produced with the support of Australia's Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) and Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC). They were produced in partnership with Why Documentaries and the Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra.