Over the years I have known many individuals who have been struck down with this disease – including my late father-in-law and several clients. For some, the disease has been diagnosed at a relatively young age. I have learned that the early signs can often be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for a family member to detect – particularly as we have a tendency to link behavioural changes to ‘getting older’. For the sufferer, the early signs can be extremely frustrating – particularly as they become aware of their increasing forgetfulness or discover that they no longer know how to use an everyday appliance – such as a kettle. For many, there is often a stage where staying at home is no longer a safe environment. Dementia Australia represents the 459,000 Australians living with dementia and the almost 1.6 million Australians involved in their care. Our contribution to Dementia Research will help to not only find a cure, but also facilitate the reliable early-detection of this debilitating disease.