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Did you know dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death for women. In 2022, there are over 487,000 Australians living with dementia. Why does this matter to public library services? It matters because most people with dementia live in our communities, and they want to continue to access and use their local services. The greatest challenge facing people who live with dementia is the lack of awareness about the disease in the community and the stigma and social isolation this creates. Libraries can be leaders in this area by creating inclusive services and spaces for those who live with dementia and assist them to remain included, accepted and connected to their community.
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