If you or someone you care for has younger onset dementia, it’s normal to experience a range of feelings. In particular, you may become stressed juggling multiple life responsibilities, such as raising children, paying off a mortgage or working.
You’re not alone. Dementia Australia offers a free, confidential, professional counselling service. It is also available for people caring for those living with younger onset dementia, such as families, couples and professional health workers.
Counselling can give you the support you need to look after yourself and others. It can be good to talk with a professional about your:
- Emotional reactions
- Family and culture
- Living arrangements
- Younger onset dementia symptoms
- Changed behaviours.
Everyone experiences dementia differently. However, counselling support can help individuals, couples and families to:
- Gain a better understanding of dementia and how to live as well as you can
- Develop strategies to manage emotions, such as stress
- Plan for the future, set goals, and seek referrals for practice support.
We can speak with you face-to-face, on the phone or via video conferencing.
How to access our counselling service
You can talk to us. To connect with us for a counselling session contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
If you need an interpreter, you can call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service on 133 677.