Kelvin Dangerfield, Tweed Palliative Support volunteer trainer Autumn Camidge and volunteer Bill O'Brien.
Kelvin Dangerfield, Tweed Palliative Support volunteer trainer Autumn Camidge and volunteer Bill O'Brien. Alina Rylko

Talk end of life this Palliative Care Week

ANYONE with a chronic illness is being urged to talk about their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones and doctors this National Palliative Care Week, May 22 to 28.

Alzheimer’s Australia supports Palliative Care Australia’s (PCA) campaign which focuses on living well with chronic illness.

Many people don’t realise early access to palliative care can help people with chronic illness to live well and improve their quality of life.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Carol Bennett said with dementia being the second leading cause of death in Australia, it is undoubtedly one of the leading chronic diseases of our time.

“People often don’t realise that dementia is a terminal illness and therefore don’t make the association between dementia and palliative care,” she said.

“It is so important that when someone receives a diagnosis of dementia they discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones as early as possible.

“This helps to ensure they will receive the care they want at a time when they may no longer have the capacity to make those wishes known.”

There is estimated to be more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia, which is expected to soar to almost 900,000 people by 2050.

For more information about advanced care planning and end-of-life you can visit start2talk.org.au.



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