In The Media | 15 June 2015

Cuts force younger patients into residential care

YOUNGER people living with dementia will be more likely to go into residential care when a vital early intervention program is axed, Alzheimer’s advocates have warned.

The Key Worker program, which gives specialised one-on-one support to people  under 65 with dementia, has been described by patients as a transformative influence on their lives when existing services for dementia care are not designed for their age bracket.

But it will lose its funding when the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out nationally in July next year. At least 8400 people in NSW aged   30 to 65 have dementia.

Source: Newcastle Herald