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Year in revieW
As I write this column, we are
celebrating the success of Dementia
Awareness month 2015. Throughout
September, I was delighted to have
had the opportunity to attend many of
the events and initiatives hosted across
New South Wales. It was inspiring to
see so many members of the public
from all walks of life engaging with and
supporting the idea of creating a dementia-friendly nation.
I am confident that our Dementia Awareness Month
activities have contributed to educating Australians about the
importance of creating communities in which people living
with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with
meaning, purpose and value.
Since our previous edition, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
released new research relating to dementia in retirement
villages, marking the first time this topic has been looked
The research found greater clarity is needed around the
difference between a retirement village and a residential
aged-care facility, as there was confusion about the different
levels of support each offered. Additionally, the research
identified disparities in the design, management, operation
and business models of retirement villages, resulting in
varying levels of support.
The research aims to assist retirement village operators
with incorporating dementia-friendly design and principles,
thus ensuring they are providing people living with dementia
optimum support. recommendations include education for
staff and residents to become more dementia aware, and
co -locating villages and residential aged-care facilities for a
smoother transition if the need arises.
The research also identified an opportunity for retirement
village operators to make villages healthy ageing places, thus
helping to reduce the incidence of dementia by promoting
social interaction and brain-healthy lifestyles, as well as
preserving the independence of residents.
This is the final edition of In Touch for 2015, and I would
like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has been
involved with and supported Alzheimer’s Australia NSW this
year. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and a
At the Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW annual general meeting on
25 November, we announced
our four new directors, including
a new chairman. We are very
fortunate that malcolm Shyvens,
eileen Hoggett and Dr Jennifer
Alexander have joined the board.
We welcome them as directors
and thank them for their interest and commitment.
Our incoming chairman is Paul robertson Am, who
will take over the reins in February 2016. Paul brings a
wealth of experience and talent to his role as director
and chair, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to
take up the position.
As we welcome our new directors, we also say
thank you and goodbye to our departing directors
who have made such a magnificent contribution to
the governance and direction of the organisation
over many years. Outgoing directors include Barry
Groundwater, Nick O’Neill, eesa Witt, The Hon.
Professor Peter Baume AC and myself.
recently, Alzheimer’s Australia has been successful
in lobbying the Federal Government for ongoing
funding to continue the Younger Onset Dementia Key
Worker program. This innovative service was under
threat and its continuation is welcome news across all
Alzheimer’s Australia state and territory organisations,
where some 40 staff are engaged in its operation.
Since 1 July 2015, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW has
been the sole operator of the National Dementia
Helpline. The consolidation of this service into a
single national operation has resulted in an improved
service, staffed by knowledgeable and professional
helpline advisors. Also, new technology systems were
introduced to help improve the consumer experience
and an extensive training program was undertaken
for new staff. Importantly, the number of calls to the
helpline has exceeded expectations. It was pleasing
to see the team handle the large spike in calls
resulting from increased media activity and Dementia
Reflecting on my term as your chairman, the
growth of services and geographic coverage have
been significant achievements over the past three
years. As a result, we are helping more people living
with dementia than ever before. This growth would
not have been possible without the contribution of
dedicated and talented staff led by a strong senior
management team, with John Watkins at the helm
as CeO. I leave my role as chairman humbled by
the wonderful people I have met and excited by the
opportunities available to Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
in the future.
the hon. John Watkins AM
cEo, Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
Jerry Ellis Ao
chair, Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
it Was inspiring to see members
of the public supporting the
idea of a dementia-friendlY nation.
23/11/2015 3:59 pm
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