Alzheimer's Australia president Ita Buttrose says she will shame governments into acting on aged care.

The comments from Ms Buttrose, who is the 2013 Australian of the Year, come after of widespread abuse in Australian nursing homes.

Some relatives of people in aged care told Lateline their loved ones had been left in faeces and urine, treated roughly, inadequately fed, and neglected by untrained staff.

One woman told the ABC her grandmother, who survived Nazi concentration camps, believed her experience was worse than her wartime ordeal.

Ms Buttrose says she has heard too many stories of neglect and has decided to "publish or be damned".

"I'm going to put a plea out to our consumers to write to us with further stories of their less-than-adequate care," she said.

"If we have to shame governments into action, then that is what we will do."

She says neither of the major parties has adequately outlined a plan to address the issue.

"We know that the numbers of people with dementia will only increase. We need visionary leadership to tackle dementia and I call on both sides of politics to respond," she said.