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Intouch : In Touch Spring 2014
IN TOUCH SPRING 2014 3 The arrival of September means Dementia Awareness Month is here and, with that, a host of awareness- raising activities right across NSW. Embracing the theme Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation, dementia awareness activities aim to build knowledge of dementia in communities across the state, reducing the feeling of isolation and stigma felt by many who have a diagnosis of dementia and start to empower communities and people living with dementia to work together to ensure built environments are more inclusive places for people living with dementia. There are things we can all do to become more dementia-friendly and visiting www.dementiafriendly.org.au to fnd out more is a good place to start. Turn to page 10 to fnd out more about the Dementia Awareness Month activities planned for September. The launch of the Preventing Financial Abuse of People With Dementia discussion paper in June demonstrated some further challenges for people living with dementia. Sadly, much of the fnancial abuse of people with dementia is carried out by people known to the victim, in many cases a trusted family member or friend. The release of the paper not only highlights the hurtful breach of trust when this occurs, but that there is far more we need to do as a society to protect those living with dementia from fnancial abuse. Part of that includes reminding those with the power to handle a person with dementia's fnancial affairs of their responsibilities, but also educating the general public about dementia so that if this unacceptable type of abuse does occur, it can be reported. Our second annual Bring it to the Table month was a huge success and certainly built momentum from the previous year. Held throughout June, Bring it to the Table saw dementia discussed around the tables in homes, businesses, workplaces and community spaces raising more than $16,000 in NSW to support those living with dementia. The Sydney Swans AFL team also got behind the cause this year supporting Bring it to the Table with a great prize. It is especially heart-warming to see a football team as recognisable as the Sydney Swans supporting the cause and we are extremely grateful to them for doing so, along with the many others who helped us achieve this year's fantastic result. The Hon. John Watkins, CEO, AlzNSW Spring is upon us and this is always a time for renewal. In July, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, stepped down as National President for Alzheimer's Australia, following a very successful three-year term. Graeme Samuel AC was elected as the new National President. Graeme has had a distinguished career and was Chairman of the ACCC until his retirement in 2013. Ita will continue to be involved with our organisation, taking on the role of National Ambassador. We are also thrilled that Ita will remain as an Ambassador for AlzNSW. This is the season for our Memory Walk & Jog events, which provide much-needed funding to Alzheimer's Australia NSW to help bridge the gap between the provision of crucial services and supports, and Government funding. We wish all participants and fundraisers great success at each of the events in Sydney, Wollongong, The Hunter and Port Macquarie. In my last report, I mentioned the importance of advocating for the highest standards of care for people with dementia. So, I am very pleased that Opal Specialist Aged Care (formerly Domain Principal Group) has appointed AlzNSW to carry out an Australia-wide training program across its nearly 5000-strong workforce. This two-year program is a huge step forward for Opal Specialist Aged Care, which is to be congratulated on their efforts to deliver best practice, person-centred care to their residents. This appointment underscores the high regard for Alzheimer's Australia and its team of professional educators who will carry out the training and monitoring. September is also a very busy time for AlzNSW and the many community partners across the state and nation as we prepare for Dementia Awareness Month. The theme this year, Creating a Dementia- Friendly Nation, is inspirational. Our feature on Dementia Awareness Month (pages 10 -- 15) lists a wide range of activities that you may be interested to join. I encourage you to make the most of these opportunities by participating where you can. Jerry Ellis AO, Chair AlzNSW BEING AWARE CEO'S MESSAGE CHAIR'S MESSAGE GET DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY
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