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Dementia among the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless is one of six diverse groups featured in a series of national workshops getting underway this month.

The full day of workshops on dementia in diverse groups is being run by Dementia Training Australia with the first to take place in Brisbane on 21 November.

The dementia and homelessness workshop aims to provide an understanding of the most common forms of dementia associated with homelessness and help health professionals identify appropriate cognitive screening, support services, and gaps in services.

Across Australia in 2015-16, 22,000 people over 55 sought homelessness services, which was a 15 per cent increase from the previous year, said Professor Richard Fleming, executive director of Dementia Training Australia.